Dr. Ramnarayan (Ram) Rawat is a historian of South Asia with particular interests in colonial and postcolonial India, racism and social exclusion, subaltern histories, and histories of democracy. Dr. Rawat is currently working on a second book project titled, “A New History of Democracy: Dalit Spaces, Printing, and Practices in modern North India.” This second project builds on his first book, Reconsidering Untouchability: Chamars and Dalit History in North India (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2011), which was awarded the Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences by the American Institute of Indian Studies. The South Asian edition was published by Permanent Black, in May, 2012.
A Senior Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies in 2008-2009 enabled Professor Rawat to spend a year in India and make substantial progress toward his second book project. His research has been supported by the three-year Mellon-funded postdoctoral teaching fellowship (2006-08, 2009-10, University of Pennsylvania), Rockefeller Foundation fellowship (2004-05, University of Washington), a Harry Frank Guggenheim dissertation fellowship (2003-04), and a SEPHIS doctoral fellowship (South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development) from the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam (1999-2003, University of Delhi, India). He received his B.A. (Honors) and Ph.D. from the University of Delhi in India.
Before joining the University of Delaware (2010), Professor Rawat taught in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and in the History Department at the University of Notre Dame.