Nivedita Nath

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School of Humanities
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, History
Phone: (949) 824-6521
Fax: (949) 824-6521
University of California, Irvine
200 Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 3275
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
South Asian History, Environmental History
Research Abstract
My research and teaching examines environmental history, South Asian social and cultural history, the history of race and caste, anti-colonial thought, environmental justice, and feminist geography. In my current book project, I trace the roots of contemporary ecological and social injustices in the Central Himalayas to the expansion of colonial rule, capitalist enclosures, and the reification of caste-based relations of land and labor across the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My next project asks what the archives of Central Himalayan communities can teach us about the history of climate change as well as the possibilities of global environmental justice.
‘Remaking Places into Himalayan Spaces: The Gazetteer of the NWP.’ In The Colonial State and Forms of Knowledge, edited by Vinay Lal, 210-250. New Delhi: Primus Books, 2022.

‘Imperial Hunting and the Sublime: Race, Caste, and Aesthetics in the Central Himalayas.’ Environmental History, Vol. 26, No. 2 (2021): 301-323.

‘Histories of Central Himalayan Herbs: Vanaspati Karyalaya in Tehri Princely State c. 1879-1950.’ Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History (Spring 2020), no. 13. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.

‘From Pilgrim Landscape to ‘Pilgrim Road’: Tracing the Transformation of the Char Dham Yatra in Colonial Garhwal.’ Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Vol. 12, No. 4 (2018): 419-437.
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