Ruby Lal

Ruby Lal

Professor of South Asian Studies

Office: S-316 Callaway Center

Phone: 404.727.0801


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Ruby Lal is Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University, Atlanta. She holds a D.Phil in Modern History from the University of Oxford, UK, and an M.Phil in History from the University of Delhi, India.  She has taught at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, in History and Anthropology, and served as Associate Director of the Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Her fields of study include feminist history and theory, and the question of archive as it relates to writing about Islamic societies in the precolonial and colonial world. Her first book, Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2005) won much acclaim, including numerous reviews in major international journals and magazines, such as The New York Review of Books, The Economic and Political Weekly, Revue Historique, and The Times Literary Supplement. Her second book, Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013) was reviewed extensively in academic journals and magazines with wider intellectual concerns. Her current, creative non-fiction work is a narrative history of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan, EMPRESS: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan (W.W. Norton, NY, forthcoming 2018). Her published work is widely cited, and she is frequently invited to speak at academic and non-academic settings. Her short stories have appeared in Indian Literature and in The Little Magazine.  She is revising her short-story collection, Rubble and Other Stories.

Link to book info - EMPRESS: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

Link to article - St. Bonaventure University

Link to article - July 2013, Khabar Magazine

Link to lecture - Brown University

Link to lecture - Young India Fellowship

Link to article - MESAS newsletter 2015

Link to lecture - Middlebury College

Link to lecture - Hong Kong Baptist University