Dr. Laurence Marie Agnes Gautier

Assistant Professor

B.A.; M.A. (Université Lyon II);
M. Phil. in Modern South Asian Studies; Ph.D. in History (University of Cambridge)

Dr. Laurence Gautier is a political historian, whose work focuses on issues of education, national integration and secularism in plural societies. She completed her MPhil and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge, working on Muslim universities in post-partition India. Dr. Gautier was also trained in European and colonial (French and British) history at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France) and is a laureate of the Agrégation in History.  She teaches Indian and global history as well as interdisciplinary courses at Jindal.

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

  1. With Julien Levesque (ed.), Special Issue on ‘Historicising Sayyid-ness: Social Status and Muslim Identity in South Asia’, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, forthcoming.
  2. ‘A laboratory for a “meaningful independence”: educational experiments, social reform and national integration at Jamia Millia Islamia’, Modern Asian Studies, 54, 1 (2020), 199-249.
  3. With Julien Levesque, ’Introduction: Historicizing Sayyid-ness: Social Status and Muslim Identity in South Asia’, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 3 (2020), 1-11.‘Why does the UGC want to drop the ‘M’ of AMU?’, Economic and Political Weekly, 53, 1 (6 Jan. 2018), 18-21.
  4. ‘Crisis of the ‘Nehruvian consensus’ or pluralisation of Indian politics? Aligarh  Muslim University and the  demand for minority’, SAMAJ,  forthcoming.
  5. ‘Les universités musulmanes et le débat sur la laïcité après la Partition’ [Muslim universities and the debate on secularism after partition], in Laïcités et musulmans, débats et expériences, edited by Amin Elias, Augustin Jomier and A.T. Khatchadourian (Bern: Peter Lang, 2014).
  6. ‘Futur géant de l’enseignement supérieur ?’, France Forum, 68 (Winter 2017-2018), 39-41.