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Tanuja Kothiyal

Assistant Professor

PhD in History, Jawaharlal Nehru University

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Dr Tanuja Kothiyal obtained her PhD in History from Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2010. Her Doctoral research deals with Mobile Communities in Western Rajasthan, exploring historically the processes of identity formation in arid zones. She also examines the processes of settlement in Western Rajasthan and the transformative impact of such processes on mobile groups like pastoralists, peddlers and traders, itinerant artisanal groups, bards and musicians among others. Her interest in late medieval market processes was also explored through her MPhil submitted to Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that explored the relations between the market and the state in late eighteenth century Marwar. Dr Tanuja Kothiyal has a Master’s degree in History from Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


Current Research Interest:

Dr Tanuja Kothiyal is currently engaged in the publication of her Doctoral thesis on Mobile communities as a monograph. She has also been interested in research on a socio-cultural history of salt production and exchange in precolonial and colonial India. She has also been engaged in studying Oral Epic Traditions in Western India and exploring processes of community identity formation through these.



Past Employment


Review Aricle:

Kothiyal, Tanuja, (2010) “Understanding Social Change in Medieval India”, Review Article, EPW, Vol XLV, Nos 44 & 45, Oct 30-Nov 12.



Kothiyal, Tanuja, and A. Chaatre, (1998) Nature in Retreat: Conservation and Development in Himachal Pradesh, Report of Biodiversity Conservation Prioritisation Project, Himachal Chapter, Project of IISc Banglore and WWF-India.

Conferences and Seminars:

Kothiyal, Tanuja (2011), Appropriating Pabuji: Identity in a “Rajput” Epic at UGC National Workshop on Literary Historiographies of Western India at MSU, Vadodara, (4-5 Feb, 2011).
Kothiyal, Tanuja (2012) “The Market and the State in Late Eighteenth Century Marwar” at the National Conference on Revisiting the ‘Eighteenth Century’ in Indian History held on 21st and 22nd March 2012 at Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi.


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