Dr. Wendy Singer

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher
Field of Specialization: History
Name: Dr. Wendy Singer  
Official Address: Department of History
Kenyon College – Gambier
Gambier, Ohio
Indian Host Institution: Madras Institute of Development Studies
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Duration of Grant & Start Date : Duration: 6 months
January 2012

Brief Bio:
Dr. Wendy Singer is the Roy T. Wortman Professor of history at Kenyon College, where she has taught since 1988. She is committed to studying, teaching, and writing about the important history of Indian democracy from the period of early Indian nationalism to post independence. She received her Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degree's from the University of Virginia. Among her publications are "Creating Histories", (OUP, 1997) - about village histories of the freedom movement in Bihar and "A Constituency Suitable for Ladies", (OUP, 2007) - about the social history of Indian elections. She has also published articles on peasant history, women's history, and the history of elections, including "Gendered Politics: Definition of Gender and Politics in the 1991 Election," in Gould, ed., "India Votes", (West view, 1991), "Indian Peasants and the Communist International," Rees ed., "International Communism and the Communist International", (Manchester Press, 1998), and "Post Colonial Dharamsala," in "Salt", (Vol 15, 2001). She teaches courses on "modern India," Gandhi and civil disobedience," "Indian history in film and literature," "the Indian Ocean," and "the history of the contemporary world." She has received a number of grants and fellowships to study about India's history, including a Fulbright-Hayes research fellowship to study the history of women in elections in 1995-6. She spent that year in Delhi and Hyderabad and carried out earlier research in Bihar with the support of the American Institute for Indian Studies. For her research she uses Hindi and, to some extent Maithili language.

Dr. Wendy Singer's Fulbright-Nehru research titled "A History of Representing the under represented: From the Madras Municipal Council of 1919 to the "Women's Bill", will study the history of Indian proposals to provide special positions or seats for underrepresented groups in government, particularly in the old Madras Presidency. One such example was the proposal in the Madras Municipal Council in 1919 to provide representation for "depressed classes" and women. The project will also examine the influence of these policies in 1919 on later history of colonial and independent India.