Bidisha Ray

Senior Lecturer
Office: AQ 6241

Areas of Study: SOUTH ASIA


I was born and raised in Calcutta , and went to residential school in Ooty before graduating from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University with a BA Honours in Political Science. I did my first postgraduate degree in International Relations at Jadavpur University (Calcutta), then an MSc in Gender and Development and PhD in History in the United Kingdom (working at York, Cambridge and Manchester). In the UK I taught courses in History and Politics at various educational institutions both during my time as a graduate student and after, including a stint working with the British Cabinet Office in London.I have been the recipient of various bursaries and awards in India and the United Kingdom including the President's Medal for Outstanding Performance in the Humanities(India), Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarship, British Academy grant and Charles Wallace India Trust award. I moved to Canada in summer 2012 to take up my current position at SFU's department of History.

Research Interests

Modern (post- 1757) South Asia, imperialism, gender, sexuality, popular religious practice, public theatre in colonial societies, historical anthropology; especially ethno-history, history of prostitution, postcolonial studies and transnational histories.

Research Languages

English, Hindi, Bengali and associated dialects, Urdu.


Currently working on a book-length study ' Contesting Respectability: Sexuality, Corporeality and Popular Culture in Colonial Bengal'