New Face on South Asian Studies DR


We are very excited to welcome a new editor to “South Asia Studies Dissertation Reviews,” Susan Johnson-Roehr (University of Virginia). She joins the current editor, Rebecca Grapevine (University of Michigan). Our new duumvirate will continue to bring you friendly, non-critical overviews of recently defended, unpublished dissertations in this dynamic field. If you are interested in having your dissertation reviewed, please fill out the Review Application Form. If you are interested in helping out in some other way, please contact Our South Asia Studies Editors can be reached at and


Introducing Our Field Editors

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]


Susan Johnson-Roehr is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2011). Her dissertation, “The Spatialization of Knowledge and Power at the Astronomical Observatories of Sawai Jai Singh II, c. 1721-1743 CE,” analyzed the production and mobility of architectural and astronomical knowledge in northern India. She is currently working on a book manuscript that connects Indian scientific networks to the more expansive systems of material and intellectual exchange that characterized the “global” eighteenth century. Her broader academic interests include international heritage policy, architecture and urbanism, and the material history of the space sciences. [Website here]




Image: Vssun, Watchtower of Jaigarh Fort. Wikimedia Commons.

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