Location: Bowdoin / Rachel Sturman


Rachel L. Sturman

Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies

On leave of absence for the 2013-14 academic year and the fall semester of the 2014-15 academic year.

Contact Information


Hubbard Hall - 19

Current teaching schedule available on the public course finder.

Rachel L. Sturman: Bowdoin College: History, Asian Studies


  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis, September 2001
  • M.A., University of California, Davis, 1993
  • A.B., University of Chicago, 1991


The Government of Social Life in Colonial India: Liberalism, Religious Law and Women’s Rights, Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming April 2012.

Journal Forum

“Gender and the Human,” Gender & History 23, 2 (August 2011).


Invited contribution: “Marriage & Family in Colonial Hindu Law.” In Hinduism and Law: An Introduction. Cambridge Companion Series. Edited by Timothy Lubin, Donald R. Davis, Jr., & Jayanth K. Krishnan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010: 89-104.

“Marriage and the Morality of Exchange: Defining the Terrain of Law in Late Nineteenth Century Western India.” In Decentering Empire: Britain, India, and the Transcolonial World. Edited by Durba Ghosh and Dane Kennedy. Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2006: 51–75.

“Property and Attachments: Defining Autonomy and the Claims of Family in Nineteenth-Century Western India.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 47, 3 (July 2005): 611–637.

Book Reviews

Review of Marriage and Modernity: Family Values in Colonial Bengal, by Rochona Majumdar, Asian Studies Review, 35, 1 (March 2011).

Review of Bengal in Global Concept History: Culturalism in the Age of Capital, by Andrew Sartori, American Anthropologist, 112, 3 (September 2010): 491-2.

Review of Sex and the Family in Colonial India: The Making of Empire, by Durba Ghosh, Journal of Asian Studies, 68, 2 (May 2009): 650-1.

Work in Progress

“Indian Indentured Labor and the History of Citizenship and Human Rights.” [Article under revision for The American Historical Review.]

Genealogies of the Human: Indian Labor, Migration and the Idea of Emancipation
[Monograph manuscript under preparation.]