Niharika Yadav

Graduate Prize Fellow
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Niharika Yadav is a historian of modern South Asia and a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of History. Her research interests include the histories of colonialism and imperialism, modern political and economic ideas, South Asian languages and literatures and 20th century global history. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Languages of Socialism in India, 1940-1965,” examines transformations within socialist ideas and practices in India’s transition from colonial rule to postcolonial democracy. She focuses on attempts made by socialists­­—within intersecting literary and political realms—to reimagine the relationship between language and democracy as a basis for socialism. While closely situated in political dynamics within South Asia, Yadav’s dissertation traces socialist political languages in India through their critical engagement with currents of international socialism; primarily, on the relationship between socialism, democracy and nationalism––a central issue in the global history of the left throughout the 20th century. More broadly, her research intervenes in historical literature on the trajectories of modern politics and democracy in postcolonial societies. Before coming to Princeton, Yadav received B.A. (Honors), M.A. and M.Phil. (Modern Indian History) degrees in history from the University of Delhi.