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.
He is currently working on a second book, ‘A New History of Democracy: Dalit Spaces, Printing, and Practices in North India,’ which has been funded by two generous fellowships; the American Council of Learned Societies’ Charles Ryskamp fellowship, 2013, and the senior fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies (2008).
His first book, Reconsidering Untouchability: Chamars and Dalit History in North India (Ranikhet: Permanent Black, 2012 & Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011), is the recipient of Joseph Elder book prize awarded by American Institute of Indian Studies (2009) and received ‘Honorable Mention’ in 2013 Association of Asian Studies Bernard S Cohn book prize.
Dr. Rawat’s work has been supported by the three-year Mellon-funded postdoctoral teaching fellowship (2006-10, 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.