Prof.(Dr.) Lakshmi Arya Thathachar

Associate Professor

B.A. (Bangalore University);
M.A.; M.Phil.; Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Office Hours: Fall 2020 Semester
Monday: 16:30–17:30 hrs

Dr. Lakshmi Arya Thathachar has a Ph.D. in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her doctoral thesis was on rape laws and trials in colonial times (British India and princely Mysore, 1860 – 1947).

She has previously held faculty positions at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore; at the O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat; and at AURO University, Surat . She has also taught part-time at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. She rejoins JGU as Associate Professor, JSIA, from Spring 2020.

Lakshmi has been awarded various national and international fellowships. She has been a:

  • Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Emory University School of Law, Atlanta
  • Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla
  • Charles Wallace India Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law Visiting Fellow at Keele University, UK
  • Junior Research Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), Delhi

Recently, she won a residency at the International Writers’ and Translators’ House, Ventspils, Latvia, for the summer of 2020.

Her academic travels have taken her out of her home discipline, and into other terrain such as philosophy and law. Her current research and teaching reflects this trajectory: It traverses history, philosophy, law, religion, and gender studies. She is currently working on a research project in which she proposes and works through the idea of an intellectual tradition.

She also writes creatively. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Eclectica Magazine, Pratilipi, Mojave Heart Review, and other journals. In 2018, she won a commendation in the Greogory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition.