Department of History

Lopita Nath

lopita nath

Associate Professor of History and Chair
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, CPO# 64
San Antonio,Texas 78209
Ph: 210-832-2187 (O), 210-592-1509 ®, 757-293-8727©
Email: nath@uiwtx.edu

Education:

Ph.D, Gauhati University, Assam, India, 2002.
Dissertation Title: “The Socio-Economic History of Assam in the 18th and 19th Centuries: A Study of the Transition”.

M.A., History, Cotton College, Guwahati, under Gauhati University, Assam India, 1989.

B.A., History, Cotton College, Guwahati, under Gauhati University, Assam India, 1985.

Honours and Awards:

2004, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Grant, as a Visiting Professor to the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas-78209, USA.

2003, South Asia Regional Fellowships, Social Science Research Council, New York.

2000, Research Grant, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata,(Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of India).

1993, Minor Research Project Grant, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India.

1989,  Gold Medal for First Position in M.A.( History ), Gauhati University, Assam,India

1986-89,   State Merit Scholarship, Government of Assam, India.

1981-85,   State Merit Scholarship, Government of Assam, India.

1981,     National Merit Scholarship, Government of India.

 Teaching Experience:

August 2007- continuing
Assistant Professor of History,
University of the Incarnate Word,

August 2006-2007
Visiting Assistant Professor of History,
University of Virginia’s College at Wise,

August 2005-2006
Visiting Assistant Professor of History,
College Of William and Mary,
Lyon Gardiner Tyler Department of History,
Williamsburg,Virginia 23185

August 2004- June 2005,
Assistant Professor of History.
Fulbright Visiting Scholar,

University of the Incarnate Word,

San Antonio, Texas, 78209

August 2003-December 2003, Visiting Assistant  Professor,

University of the Incarnate Word,

San Antonio, Texas, 78209,

1997 – 2006, Senior Lecturer, Cotton College, Guwahati.

Assam Educational Service, Department of Education, Government of Assam, India.

1989-1996, Lecturer, Cotton College, Guwahati.

Assam Educational Service, Department of Education, Government of Assam, India.

1994-1999 Guest Lecturer,  Assam Administrative Staff College, Government of Assam, India.

Courses Taught:

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas

Fall Semester 2007: History of China, World History I, History of US to 1865.
Spring Semester 2008: History of South Asia, Migration Studies in Asia, World History II.
Summer 2008: Human Rights in Asia

University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Wise, Virginia, USA:

Fall Semester 2006: History of Asia (Ancient times to 1500), History of Western Civilization -1500
Spring Semester 2007: History of Asia- Imperialism, Nationalism and Colonialism-1500-1970 (Topics), Human Rights in Asia (Topics), History of Western Civilization-1500-present.

College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA:

Fall semester 2005: History of South Asia(Survey), Topics course on Migration Studies in South Asia, Post- Independence India-1947-Present(Colloquium).
Spring Semester 2006: History of South Asia (Survey), Topics course on Human Rights in South Asia.

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas:

Fall Semester 2004: Human Rights in the world and South Asia,
History of USA to 1865,
Spring Semester, 2005: History of USA since 1865,
Migration Studies in South Asia-Colonial and Post-colonial periods,
History of India-Colonial and Post-colonial Periods (Independent Study)
Thematic Lectures on Aspects of Indian Society and Culture

Fall Semester, 2003: History of India- Colonial and Post-Colonial Periods,
History of USA to 1865,
Thematic Lectures on Aspects of Indian Society and Culture.

Cotton College, Guwahati, India:

Graduate Courses: History of Modern India-1700-1947
                               India’s Foreign Policy-1947-present
                               International Relations                 
                               History of USA -1865
                               History of USA-Since 1865
                               History of the Far East- China and Japan
                                                              

Undergraduate Courses: History of Modern India –Colonial Period
                                        History of Medieval Europe
                                        History of Modern Europe

Assam Administrative Staff College:
Teaching Papers on Modern Indian History (1757 – Present) - Training Candidates for the Indian Administrative Services Examination, and Assam Civil Services.

Teaching and Research Fields:

History of India and South Asia
History of USA
History of Europe
History of China
History of Japan
History of Assam,  Socio-Economic Transition, Social Change.
Migration Studies in South and Southeast Asia,  Nepali Migration in South and Southeast Asia.
Studies in Ethnicity: Related to Northeast India.
Human Rights in Asia.

 

Publications:

Book:
The Nepalis in Assam: Ethnicity and Cross Border Movements in the North East, Minnerva Publications,Kolkata,India,2003.

Articles in Journals and edited Books:

“ Living the Dream: Experiences of a Fulbright Scholar-in Residence” in Zeeshan-ul-hassan Usmani and Nibir K. Ghosh (ed.), Beyond Boundaries: reflections of Indian and U.S. Scholars, iUniverse, Inc., New York,2007.

“Migration ,Insecurity and Identity: The Nepali Dairymen in India’s Northeast”, Asian Ethnicity. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.June ,2006.

“Migrants in Flight: Conflict-Induced Displacement of Nepalis in Northeast India”, Peace and Democracy in South Asia Journal, www.pdsajournal.com. January,2005. Excerpts published in the IDP Global Project, of the Norweigian Refugee Council, www.idpproject.org

“Understanding Internal Migration Among the Nepalis In Assam:Trends and Issues”,in  Home Away From Home: Inland Movement of People in India, ed. Mahavir Singh,, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute Of Asian Studies , Kolkata.2004

“Conflict Afflicted Nepalis In Assam : The Reality,” In Nepalis In North-East India-A Community In search of an Indian Identity, A.C. Sinha & T.B. Subba (eds), Indus Publications, New Delhi,2003.

“Neo-Vaishnavism, Sanskritization and Social Change in Pre-colonial Assam”, Seminar Volume, Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan SamitiAssam.2003.

“Labour Migration In an Earlier Phase of Global Restructuring: The Nepali dairy Farmers in Assam,” Proceedings of North east India History Association, XXIII Volume, Shillong, 2003.

The Nepalis in Assam: here they belong, The Assam Tribune, July, 1, 2002. www.assamtribune.com.

Reconstructing the history of the Nepalis in Assam: A Look into the Sources, Journal of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi.2002

The Nepalis in Assam:A Question of Identity, Journal of the North East Council for Social Science Research, Shillong, 2001.

`The Orunudoi: A Harbinger of Social change in the Nineteenth Century Assam’, Proceedings of the NEIHA. XXth, Session.2000.

`Aspects of the Assam – Bengal Trade during the Last Days of the Ahom Monarchy’ – Proceedings of the North east India History Association, XIXth Session,  1999.

‘Raj Mohan Nath and His Contributions–A Tribute’, Journal of the Assam Research Society, Vol. XXXIII, 1997.

Transition in the 18th and 19th Century Assam: Nature and forces’, Journal of the   Assam Research Society, Vol. XXIII, 1997

Research in Progress and Forthcoming Publications:

“Cross-Border Labour Movements: The Nepalis In North East India” ( Accepted) By SEPHIS(South-South Exchange Program In History), Amsterdam. Presented at the Sephis Workshop On Labour Migration At Xiamen, China,in April 2004. ( Translated into Chinese, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China).

The Strength of Weak Ties: Role of Networks in Nepali migration to South and Southeast Asia (1900-2000).

 Dynamics of Cross Border Migrations: A comparative study of migration in the East and West. ( A study of Nepali Migration to India and Mexican Migration to the US).

“The Socio-Economic History of Assam in the 18th and 19th Centuries: A Study of the Transition”. Dissertation being revised for publication.

 

Papers presented at Conferences and Professional Activities:

The strength of Weak Ties: Role of Networks in Nepali migration to South and Southeast Asia, 1900-2000, to be presented at a Panel on Migration and New Homelands, Association for Asian Studies, Annual meeting, at Atlanta, Georgia, April 5, 2008.

Panel on Teaching Human Rights, to be presented at the Southern Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, January 10th, 2008

Understanding the South Asian Diaspora, Presented as a part of the Special Lecture Series on Immigration at University of Virginia’s College at Wise, October 11th, 2007.

Nepali Migration to South and Southeast Asia: Assessing the role of Social Networks in Migration, Settlement and Community Formation. Presented at the 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 11-14, 2006 at Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dynamics of Cross-Border  Migration in South Asia since the 1950’s, Paper presented at the South Western Social Science Association, Annual Conference, March 26,2005, at New Orleans, USA.

Human Rights in South and Southeast Asia, Presented as an Occasional Lecturer Program, San Jose State University, San Jose City, California.

The Melting Pot of Milk: Nepali Migrants in Northeast India”,  For Social Science Research Council, New York. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 13-16,2005 at Honolulu, Hawaii.

Cross–border Migrations and India’s Look East Policy: Implications for Northeast India”, presented as Fulbright Occasional Lecturer Program, Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 14,2005.

Workshop On Labour Migration at an Earlier Phase of Global Restructuring,Sponsored by SEPHIS and Xiamen University,Xiamen, China,in April 18-21,2004. Paper presented.

Labour  Migration in Nepal /Northeast India: A Comparison.Public Affairs Forum, Xiamen University, Xiamen China, April 20th 2004.

National Seminar on Internal Migration, Sponsored By Maulana Abul kalam Azad Institute Of Asian Studies, Kolkata,16-118, December,2002.Paper presented.
XXIII Session of the North East India History Association, at Agartala,26-28September,2002.Paper presented

National Seminar on Sankardevas Contribution towards Socio -Economic Regeneration, Organized by Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan samiti, Assam ,5-6 October, 2002. Paper presented

Workshop On Democracy, Secularism and Human Rights, Organized by the Department of Political Science, Gauhati University and The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism , Mumbai,2nd-3rd April,2002.Participant.

Chairperson on the session on Women’s Rights in India, Workshop On Democracy, Secularism and Human Rights, Organized by the Department of Political Science, gauhati University and The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism , Mumbai,2nd-3rd April,2002.

Seminar -Cum Film Show on Peace and Conflict Resolution, Sponsored By United States , Office of the Consulate General, and Rotary Club Of Guwahati, at Guwahati , 20-21 March, 2002.Participant and discussant.

National Seminar On Sources Of The History of North east India,12th-14th, March, 2002, Sponsored By Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. At Guwahati.Paper presented.

National Seminar on Changing Values Of Education, Org. by Cotton College, Centenary Celebration Committee, Cotton College Guwahati,20-21, January,2002.Paper presented “Impact of education in the changing values of the people of Assam in the Colonial period”.

International Workshop On Guiding principles on Internal Displacement, Sponsored By Centre for Refugee Studies , Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and Norweigian Refugee Council, at Jadavpur University, Kolkata,28th-30th November,2001.Participant.

Seminar on "Ethnic Issues, Secularism and Conflict Resolution in North-East India", 25th  - 26th  April 2001, sponsored by North-East India Council for Social Science Research, Shillong, Meghalaya.Paper presented on The Nepalis in Assam - A Question of Identity .

UGC Seminar on Higher Education and Social Changes In the North East,Radha Govinda Baruah College, Guwahati, 10-11 January, 2000.Paper Presented “higher education and Social Change in Assam in the 19th and 20th century”.

XXth Session Of North east India History Session At Dibrugarh,16-18 Nov.1999

XIXth Session Of North east India History Session At Kohima,3-5 Dec,1998.

A National Seminar on the Historiography of Indian History, sponsored by the University Grants Commission, at Guwahati, Assam, India. Participant.

A National Workshop on Medieval Indian History, 7th October, 1995 to 21st October 1995, at the Centre of Advanced Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. Participant.

A Seminar on American Historiography,at Puri from 5th September, 1994 to 7th September, 1994, under USIS, Calcutta, India. Participant and discussant

Language Proficiency:
English
Hindi
Assamese
Bengali
Nepali

Membership in Professional Associations:

Association for Asian Studies
American Historical Association
Southwest Social Science Association,USA
North East India History Association.
Assam Research Society.
Indian History Congress.


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