Dr. Laurence Gautier is a political historian, whose work looks at the connections between education and politics in post-independence India. Her doctoral research at the University of Cambridge examined the role of Muslim universities (AMU, Jamia Millia) in the redefinition of Indian Muslim identities after partition (1947-1990s). Building on her thesis, she is now expanding her research work on Muslim representation in post-partition India and on student politics. She is also looking at the role of Indian educationists in the conceptualisation of a new national and world order post-WW2.
Dr. Gautier was trained in South Asian History at Cambridge and in European history at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, one of France’s top research institutions. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Modern Asian Studies, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, SAMAJ and EPW. She is currently working on her monograph, Between Nation and Community. Muslim universities and Indian politics after Partition, to be published by Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Gautier is a member of the Executive Committee of JGU’s Centre for Research in History. She is also Associate Researcher at the Centre de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi) and a laureate of the Agrégation in History.