Dr. Saumya Saxena

Dr. Saumya Saxena

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (University of Cambridge, UK);

MPhil. (University of Cambridge, UK);

MSc. (University of Oxford, UK)

Dr Saumya Saxena is an Associate Professor at the Jindal Global Law School. Her research interests include legal history, gender, family law, secularism, and politics in South Asia. Her book Divorce and Democracy: A history of personal law in post-independence India was published by Cambridge University Press in 2022.

Formerly, she was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.

She is also interested in legislative policy and has advised on the Justice Verma Commission, 2013, on amendments to laws on sexual violence against women in India. She also advised on the 21st Law Commission of India (2016-2018), on family law reform in India and the Forced Marriages Commission, United Kingdom in 2019.

She did her MPhil (2012) and PhD (2016) at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, and her Master’s in Area Studies (2011) at the University of Oxford.


Academic papers and book chapters

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  • University of Cambridge, Vice Chancellor’s Research Impact and Engagement Award, (Early career researcher), 2019.
  • Dan David Prize Scholarship on the theme of ‘Defending democracy’, 2019.
  • British Council Alumni Award for ‘Professional Achievement’, 2018.
  • British Academy’s Award in recognition of outstanding academic merit, 2018.
  • Charles Wallace India Trust, India, 2015.
  • University of Hong Kong Faculty Conference Support Scheme, 2020.
  • Smuts Memorial Fund for Research Support, Cambridge, 2014.
  • George Macaulay Trevelyan Conference Fund, 2016.
  • Funds for Women Graduates, UK, 2015.
  • Leche Trust Funding Award, 2015.
  • Political Economy Society Trust, Cambridge, 2015.

Saumya teaches Gender and Society and Legal History at Jindal Global Law School.

She has previously taught papers titled ‘The History of the Indian Subcontinent from the late Eighteenth Century to Present Day’, ‘World History since 1914’ and ‘Indian Democracy, Ideas in Action 1947-2007’ at the Faculty of History University of Cambridge, 2019-2023. She taught ‘Historical Argument and Practice’ in 2014-2015.

She has also been involved in teaching postgraduate students in MPhil Modern South Asian Studies, courses ‘Gender and Law in South Asia’, ‘Women and Family in South Asia’, University of Cambridge, 2018-2023. She has supervised students in MPhil. Gender Studies, MPhil World History, and MPhil. in Politics and International Studies in the Faculty of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge.

She has given guest lectures at Syracuse University, New York; National Law University, Jodhpur; Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge; Centre for Political Science Jawaharlal Nehru University; Department of Political Science, Delhi University; National Law University, Delhi and Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi et al.