Ms. Rachel Sturman   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "Indian Labor and the Idea of Human Emancipation, 1860-1990"
Field of Study: Study of India
Home Institution in US: Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Host Institution in India: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra  
Start date/Month in India: March 2014
Duration of grant: Nine months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Rachel Sturman received her AB from the University of Chicago and her MA and PhD from the University of California, Davis. She served as a fellow at the University of Michigan's Society of Fellows before accepting a position at Bowdoin College, where she is currently associate professor of history and Asian studies. She is the author of The Government of Social Life in Colonial India: Liberalism, Religious Law, and Women's Rights (Cambridge, 2012). Her writing has appeared in Comparative Studies for Society and History, The Journal of Asian Studies, Economic & Political Weekly, Gender & History, and other publications. Her interests encompass histories of colonialism, anti-colonial nationalism & postcoloniality; law; labor; capitalism; gender; humanitarianism & human rights; intellectual history and social thought.

Ms. Sturman's Fulbright project will investigate the history of modern efforts to alter the conditions of manual labor in India. Moving between a study of select industries in historical Bombay, and a broader all-India and transnational study of India's connections to the UN's International Labour Organization (ILO), the project asks how labor conditions came to be considered a human rights issue, and how local visions of labor emancipation connected to global perspectives and debates. Ultimately, the project aims to examine the history of modern human rights, and to reconstruct vernacular visions of humanity and citizenship generated by colonial and post-colonial Indian capitalism.