South Asian Studies Dissertation Reviews

We are proud to announce the upcoming launch of “South Asian Studies Dissertation Reviews,” which will feature friendly, non-critical overviews of recently defended, unpublished dissertations in this dynamic field. If you are interested in reviewing for the new site, or having your dissertation reviewed, please contact

Introducing Our New Field Editor

Rebecca Grapevine is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Michigan. Her dissertation, “A Common Law Doctrine in a Post-Colonial World: Coverture in India, 1945-70,” examines the history of a patriarchal English legal doctrine in India after Independence. Her broader scholarly interests include Indian legal history, and its connections to American and English legal history, the history of 20th century India, and the history of religion in India. She is fluent in Hindi and has a reading knowledge of Urdu. From 2008 to 2010, she conducted archival research in New Delhi and Lucknow, India with the support of a Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship. She also spent two terms as a visiting student at the Delhi University Faculty of Law, where she studied Family Law and Constitutional Law. [Website here]

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