Dr. Aparajita Sengupta

M.A., M.Phil. Ph.D. (C.U.)

Associate Professor

Department of History

About me

Dr Aparajita Sengupta is a historian of modern India, specializing in the social and cultural history of colonial Bengal, the history of gender, and the Partition of India. She has held visiting faculty appointments at Rabindra Bharati University (History) and the University of Pennsylvania (South Asian Studies), USA. She has also been the Deputy Director of the UGC-Academic Staff College in Jadavpur University, and a Fulbright Visiting Professor in History and Women's Studies in St Mary's College, Indiana, USA. She is currently writing a book tentatively titled For 'Home', 'Family', and 'Country': Women and the Politics of Gender in Bengal, 1880-1960 with funding obtained under a UGC Major Research Project.

She is also a creative author in Bengali, with three published books to her credit. In this capacity, she contributes regularly to the print media, including newspapers and literary periodicals.



"The Position of Women in Ancient India," in Dilip K. Chakrabarti, ed., Society, Law, Politics and Education in Ancient India (New Delhi: Manohar, forthcoming in 2016).

"Ouponibeshik Banglay Jatiyotabad o Hindutva: Ekti Parosporik Somporko bishoye Kichhu Kotha," ["Nationalism and Hindutva in Colonial Bengal: Some Thoughts on a Relationship"] in Sandipan Sen, ed., Jagoran / Awakening (Kolkata: Anushtup, forthcoming in 2016).

"From "Nation" to "Gender": Identity, "Order" and Women in Nationalist Thought in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Bengal", in Ranjit Kumar Roy, ed.,
Retrieving Bengal’s Past: Society and Culture in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Kolkata: Rabindra Bharati University, 1995), 61-80.

Publications (Literary – Books)

  • Ichchher Gaachh o Onyanyo ["The Tree of Longing and Other Stories"] (Kolkata: Gangchil, 2014).
  • Chhayapath ["The Path of Shadows"] (Kolkata: Dey’s Publishing, 2009).
  • Surer Smriti, Smritir Sur ["Memories of music"] (Kolkata: Deep Prakashan, 2001).