Dr. Samiparna Samanta

Associate Professor

B.A. (History), Presidency College, Kolkata; M.A. (History), University of Calcutta; M.A. History of Science & Medicine; Ph.D. (History), Florida State University

Dr. Samiparna Samanta comes to JGU from Georgia College and State University (Milledgeville, USA) where she worked as an Associate Professor of History. As part of her own research, Samiparna focuses on nineteenth and twentieth century South Asia, predominantly in areas of history of science and medicine, environmental history; colonialism; human-animal relations. Samiparna grew up in Kolkata, India where she received her Bachelor’s degree from Presidency College and Master’s degree in History from the University of Calcutta. She worked as a Junior Research Fellow in Kolkata for a year before she moved to the United States to pursue her doctoral studies. Samiparna received her Ph.D. from Florida State University (FSU) in summer 2012, and an MA in History of Science and Medicine from FSU in 2008. Upon completing her PhD in 2012, Samiparna took up a faculty position at the department of History and Geography, Georgia College and State University where she served for five and a half years until she decided to relocate back to India. Samiparna is passionate about teaching, and has taught a spatially and thematically diverse range of courses including Islam across the Indian Ocean, History of Science in the Global Context, Constructing the ‘Orient.’ She has published in peer-reviewed journals like The Economic and Political Weekly along with chapters in edited volumes. She is currently working on her book manuscript that uses the lens of human-animal relationships to understand the nature of British imperialism in India.