Academic Field: 
South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Rochona Majumdar is a historian of nineteenth and twentieth century India. Her book Marriage and Modernity: Family Values in Colonial Bengal, 1870-1956 (Duke University Press, 2009) analyzes the changing configuration of the "joint family" in the context of shifts in the institution of arranged marriage and the marriage market in Bengal. She is a co-editor of From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition (Oxford University Press, 2007). Majumdar is currently completing a book Writing Postcolonial History, which analyzes ways in which postcolonial theory has influenced the historian's craft. She is also engaged in a longer-term research project on the history of Indian cinema.