B.A. (Maharaja Sayaji Rao University of Baroda);
M.A. (Savitribai Phule Pune University);
M. Phil. (Jadavpur University, Calcutta);
Ph.D. (Duke University, USA
Dr. Kena Wani has a PhD in History and an MA and MPhil in Political Science. At JGU, she teaches courses on themes related to Indian politics and history, as well as international and global histories. Her teaching and research interests include Global Histories of Capital, Twentieth-Century Developmentalism, Cold War and Expertise in South Asia, Histories and Critiques of Neoliberalism in the Global South, History of Rural and Agrarian Reforms in India, and Labour and Automation. Her book monograph will examine the history of managerialism, developmental practices, and the intersections of business and technocratic expertise spanning the rural and urban worlds of twentieth-century western India. Currently, she has two forthcoming articles. The first is on the history of philanthropic capital and its socio-legal and cultural frameworks of surplus and accumulation in colonial and post-independence India. The second is on the conceptualization of labour ‘productivity’ vis-à-vis the rise of managerialism and semi-automated work processes in mid-twentieth-century western India. Along with these interests, she has also worked on collaborative projects on the politics and history of caste, food practices, and issues of public representation in western India. Prior to joining JGU, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the ICAS:MP programme.