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Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar, who joined the TRG in April 2013, is a doctoral student at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen. His doctoral research inquires into the didactics of schooling and aspirations of the ‘poor’ in colonial India. His research is being supervised by Professor Rupa Viswanath at Göttingen and Professor Neeladri Bhattacharya at JNU, New Delhi.

Email: arunkumar019(ghi)

Research Interests

My research interest centres around global history of poverty and poor (Europe, Africa, South Asia, and the United States), history of British imperialism and colonial India, educational histories, labour histories, histories of childhood, famine, caste-class hierarchies, modern history of science and technology, economic and cultural history, and oral histories. 

Academic Background

2013-present Doctoral Studies in Medieval and Modern History, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany
2010-2012 MA in Modern History, Department of History, University of Delhi (Affiliated to the St. Stephen’s College)
2007-2010 BA History (Honours), Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), University of Delhi, India

Scholarships and Prizes

2013-present Transnational Research Group PhD Fellowship, German Historical Institute, London
2013 Lala Ram Mohan Award for scoring highest marks in the MA History examinations at the University of Delhi
2010-2012 Delhi University Post-Graduate Scholarship
2007-2010 Sitaram Jindal Foundation Scholarship
2010 All Round Excellency Award, DCAC, University of Delhi, 2010
2010 Damyanti Pathak Award, DCAC, University of Delhi, 2010
2009 Sanjay Gupta Award, DCAC, University of Delhi, 2009
2008 Best Essay Award by the International Transparency, Hong Kong, 2008
2008 Best Essay Award by the NGO Nandini Voice for the Deprived, 2008

Current Research

Working Lives and Schooling in Late Colonial India (1880s-1940s)


‘Rethinking Inequality and Education: Crime, Labour and the School Curriculum in Indian Reformatory Schools (1880s-1920s)’ in Vikas Gupta et al, eds., Modern Transformation and Challenges of Inequalities in India, Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi (forthcoming)