Geraldine Forbes, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History


Ph.D. History, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
M.A. History, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
B.Ed. Secondary Education University of Alberta, Edmonton


History of Colonial and Modern India
Women's History
Gender and Colonial Medicine
Photography and History  

Courses Taught:
Indian Women in History and Culture
The History and Culture of India
Twentieth Century World
Women in History
Women in International Perspective
Seminar: Gandhi and Non-Violent Strategies of Change
Seminar: Gender and Human Rights
Seminar: Rethinking Colonialism

Significant Publications:

2005: Women in Colonial India: Essays on Medicine, Politics, and History (Delhi: Chronicle Books).

2000: The memoirs of Dr. Haimabati Sen: from child widow to lady doctor, translated by Tapan Raychaudhuri, edited by Geraldine Forbes and Tapan Raychaudhuri, introduced by Geraldine Forbes, (New Delhi, Roli Books Ltd.).

1999: Positivism in Bengal: A Case Study in the Transmission and Assimilation of an Ideology, (Calcutta, Papyrus), revised edition.

1997: An Historian's Perspective: Indian Women and the Freedom Movement, RCWS Gender Series, (Bombay, Research Centre for Women's Studies, SNDT Women's University).

1996: Women in Modern India, New Cambridge History of India series, (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press).

1994: Manmohini Zutshi Sahgal, An Indian Freedom Fighter Recalls Her Life, edited and introduced by Geraldine Forbes, (Armonk, N.Y., M.E. Sharpe).

1989: Shudha Mazumdar, Memoirs of an Indian Woman, edited and introduced by Geraldine Forbes, (Armonk, N.Y., M.E. Sharpe). Second edition.

Recent Articles:
2007: “Small Acts of Rebellion: Women Tell their Photographs,” in Behind the Veil: Resistance, Women,and the Everyday in Colonial South Asia, Ed. Anindita Ghosh (New Delhi: Permanent Black), pp. 58-82.

2006: “Negotiating Modernities:  the public and private worlds of Dr. Haimabati Sen,” Eds. Siobhan Lambert-Hurley and Avil Powell, Rhetoric and Reality: Gender and Colonial Experience in South Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, School of Oriental and African Studies series).

2005: “Foremother: Neera Desai (b. 1925): History and Women’s Studies, India,” by Geraldine Forbesand Usha Thakkar, Gender and History, 17:2 (August) 492-501.

 2004: “No Science for Lady Doctors: the education and medical practice of vernacular women doctors in nineteenth century Bengal” Asiatic Society of Bangladesh Journal 49:2 (December).

 2003: "Reading and Writing Indian Women: the 50 years Since Independence, 1947-97," Women in History, Ed.  Anuradha Chanda, Mahua Sarkar, and Kunal Chattopadhyay. (Kolkata: Jadavpur University), 3-18.

 2003: "Locating and Preserving Documents: The First Step in Writing Women’s History," Journal of Women's History. Special Issue Revising the Experiences of Colonized Women: Beyond Binaries. 14: 4. (Winter) 169-178.

 2003: "Reflections on South Asian Women's/ Gender History: Past and Future," Journal of Colonialism andColonial History 4: 1.

Teaching Honors, Awards:
1995: Central New York NOW 'Unsung Heroine Award' for Leadership in International Women's Studies.

1995: New York State 'Progress in Equity Award,' from the N.Y. State Division of the American Association of University Women, for WST 300: Women in International Perspective.

1994: SUNY Oswego L.E.A.D. Center award for "Outstanding Advisor, 1993-1994".

1986: SUNY Oswego President's Award for Creative and Scholarly Activity and Research.

1979: Rabindra Puraskar, (Rabindra Tagore Prize), awarded for the best book published in 1979 on Bengali culture: Positivism in India.

Association of Asian Studies
American Association of University Women
American Historical Association
World History Association
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Kappa Phi

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