Kalyani Ramnath


Ph.D. candidate, History

Graduate Associate

I am a third year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Princeton University, specializing in legal history. My proposed dissertation explores law and electoral politics at the end of empire in South Asia. Set within the emergency regimes of the Second World War and the two decades beyond, it follows the legal encounters of lawyer- politicians, intellectuals, traders and laborers as they navigated the shifting terrains of newly decolonizing nation-states. In 2014, I was awarded a dissertation planning grant from the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies.

I graduated with a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore and an LL.M. from the Yale Law School. From 2010 – 2012, I served on the faculty of the NLSIU, teaching courses on legal history, comparative constitutional law and property law.

At YLS, I was an Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities and an Editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. I have been published in the Indian Economic and Social History Review, South Asia Research, Socio-Legal Review and the Journal of Indian Law and Society. I have also presented my works-in-progress at the Law and Society Association, the Law and Social Sciences Network and the Association for Law, Culture and Humanities.

In 2013, I was awarded a Arthur Liman Summer Fellowship on Public Interest Law, during which I worked with the Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch in New York. I have also worked with India Centre for Human Rights Law and Majlis Manch in Mumbai, India and with the Legal and Constitutional Unit at the Centre for Policy Alternatives in Colombo, Sri Lanka.