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Ajay Skaria

Department of History 924 HellerH 271 19th Ave S


  • postcolonial studies/theory
  • intellectual history
  • 19th and 20th South Asia
  • forest and adivasi communities
  • nationalism
  • democracies and minorities

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: History, Trinity College, Cambridge, UK, 1992.
  • M.A.: Medieval Indian History, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, 1988.


  • Questions of Hurt: On the Wendy Doniger Controversy: Skaria, Ajay, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol - XLIX No. 40, October 04, 2014, 2014. Link
  • Gandhi's Radical Conservatism: Skaria, Ajay, Seminar, 662 , October 2014. Download
  • Can the Dalit articulate a universal position?’: the intellectual, the social, and the writing of history: Skaria, Ajay, Social History, Vol. 30, Issue 3, 2014 . Link
  • Skaria, Ajay (2011). Relinquishing Republican Democracy: Gandhi’s Ramarajya’ . Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2, 203-229. Download
  • Skaria, Ajay (2010). “˜The strange violence of satyagraha: Gandhi, Itihaas, and History’, in Manu Bhagavan (ed.). Heterotopias: Nationalism and the Possibility of History in South Asia, , Download
  • Skaria, Ajay (2010). Living by Dying’, in Anand Pandian and Daud Ali (eds.), . Genealogies of Virtue: Ethical Practice in South Asia,, Download
  • Skaria, Ajay (2009). “˜The project of provincializing Europe: Reading Dipesh Chakrabarty’. Economic and Political Weekly, , Vol. 44, No. 14., Download
  • Skaria, Ajay (2009). ““˜No politics without religion:’ of secularism and Gandhi“, in Vinay Lal (ed.),. Political Hinduism: The religious imagination in public spheres, Download
  • “˜Only one word, properly altered: Gandhi and the question of the prostitute, Economic and Poltiical Weekly, December 10, 2006; Reprinted (2007) in Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 10, No. 2; Reprint (2007) in Debjani Ganguly and John Docker (eds.) Rethinking Gandhi and Nonviolent Relationality:Global Perspectives, London: Routledge, New Delhi: Orient Longman; Reprinted (2011) in Ghanshyam Shah (ed.), Rereading Hind Swaraj: Modernity and the Subalterns, New Delhi: Routledge. Download
  • Shail Mayaram, M.S.S. Pandian, Ajay Skaria (eds.) (2005). Subaltern Studies, Vol. XII. Delhi: Permanent Black.
  • Skaria, Ajay (2002) `Gandhi’s politics: liberalism and the question of the ashram, South Atlantic Quarterly, 101:4, Fall 2002; Reprint (2009) in Saurabh Dube (ed.) Enchantments of Modernity, Routledge, Dehi, London; Reprint (2011) in M.T. Ansari and Deeptha Achar (eds.), Discourse, Democracy and Difference - Perspectives on Community Politics and Culture, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi; Download
  • Skaria, Ajay (1998). Hybrid Histories: Forests, Frontiers and Wildness in Western India. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Skaria, Ajay (1996). Writing, orality and power in the Dangs, Western India, 1800s-1920s,“ in Dipesh Chakrabarty and Shahid Amin (eds.),. Subaltern Studies, Vol. IX
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Featured Faculty

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    Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!

    August 31st, 2014
  • Ann Waltner, 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Service

    Congratulations to Ann Waltner, who is a 2014 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service.

    May 1st, 2014
  • Giancarlo Casale, Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

    Giancarlo Casale has been named winner of this year's Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

    The department's nomination recognized his success in the classroom, his integration of language study and study abroad, his activity as a public intellectual, and his service as DUS.

    Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.

    Congratulations, Giancarlo!

    April 1st, 2014

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