About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of History of Science at the University of Oklahoma. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Center for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Gottingen and Lecturer at the Center for Development Studies in Trivandrum, India. I received my PhD in Demography and History, with a focus on the history of disease, public health and colonialism in South Asia from the Australian National University in 2010. My book manuscript, titled Fungible Bodies: Disability Histories in British India, 1850-1950 (under contract with the University of Illinois Press’ Disability Histories Series), examines how disabled colonial subjects experienced colonialism by examining medicine, law, education and the military. See the Blog section of the website for research notes from my book. My research has been supported by the Australian National University, the SNDT Women’s University, the Georg-August-Universitat and the OU Humanities Forum.

I have taught disability history, history of medicine, medical anthropology and disability studies at University of Oklahoma, Georg-August-Universitat and the Center for Development Studies.

I am currently developing an edited volume on disability histories in the Global South as well as on a project on labour and disability history in British India.

Email: aparna.nair@ou.edu
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History of Science – University of Oklahoma

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