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Archana Venkatesh

Archana Venkatesh

Assistant Professor

Department of History
Office: 016 Hardin Hall

PhD, The Ohio State University (2020)


South Asia, Oral History, Women's History, History of Medicine

Research Interests
World History; Modern South Asia; Modern India; Empire; Gender, Women, and Sexuality; Oral History; Public History; Medical history

Professor Venkatesh was trained in South Asian History and Women’s History at The Ohio State University, with minor fields in World History and Gender and Women’s History. Her research interests lie at the intersection of South Asian history, oral history, women’s history, and history of medicine. She is currently working on her manuscript, titled Women, Medicine and Nation-building: The ‘Lady Doctor’ and Development in Twentieth Century South India, which examines the role of women doctors in the creation and extension of development initiatives in south India from 1919-1970. Her research has been supported by the American Institute of Indian Studies. Her teaching interests are in Women’s History, History of South Asia, World History, Oral History and Digital History.


Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

"Marriage, Love, and the Nation: The Private Life of an Indian Freedom Fighter", Journal of Women’s History (Volume 32, Issue 2, Summer 2020)

“The Home and the Nation: An Oral History of Indian Women Doctors, National Development and Domestic Worlds” Oral History (Volume 47 Issue 2, Autumn 2019 pp 43-54)

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