B.A. (Presidency College, Kolkata);
M.A. (University of Calcutta);
M.A.; Ph.D. (Florida State University)
Prof. (Dr.) Samiparna Samanta comes to JGLS from Georgia College and State University (GCSU) in Milledgeville, USA where she worked as a tenured Associate Professor of History for six years. She studied history of science and medicine at Florida State University where she received her MA and Ph.D. Her research interests lie at the intersection of the history of science and medicine, colonialism, non-human animals, with a focus on late 19th and early 20th century Bengal. Her recent monograph, Meat, Mercy, and Morality: Animals and Humanitarianism in Colonial Bengal 1850-1920 (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2021) disentangles complex discourses around humanitarianism to understand the nature of British colonialism in India.
Samiparna has been a successful teacher for more than a decade. In addition to teaching survey courses on world societies and modern South Asia, she has taught a spatially and thematically diverse range of courses on history of science, Islam across the Indian Ocean, British Empire, historical research and methods. She has received several teaching awards, including the Joe Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Florida State University in 2012. At JGU, she has been teaching courses on law and the British Empire, in addition to offering electives that seek to situate the ‘historical film’ within the narrative of world history.
Samiparna is currently working on two book projects – one, a co-edited volume (under contract with Routledge) that interrogates the technologies of knowledge and its impact in structuring lives in modern South Asia as shaped through the experience of empire and post colonialism. Her second book project investigates the lives of human cadavers to write a history of the anatomical body.