Divya Cherian, Princeton University

Assistant Professor Princeton, New Jersey dcherian@princeton.edu Office: (609) 258-4139

Bio/Research

Divya Cherian is a historian of early modern South Asia, with an interest in social, cultural, and religious history, ethics and law, and the local and the everyday. Her research focuses on western India, chiefly on the region that is today Rajasthan.

Divya is currently working on a book...


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Bio/Research

Divya Cherian is a historian of early modern South Asia, with an interest in social, cultural, and religious history, ethics and law, and the local and the everyday. Her research focuses on western India, chiefly on the region that is today Rajasthan.

Divya is currently working on a book manuscript that investigates the effects on the state and society of the rise of merchants as an economic and political force in early modern South Asia. In doing so, the study places centrality on the role of law, ethics, and morality in the reshaping of both social identity and the state form. Her research has received the support of the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Columbia University, and the Indian Council for Historical Research. Divya’s future research will be on gender, sexuality, and law in early modern South Asia.


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