Dr. Priyanka Khanna

Assistant Professor
History

Professional Biography

Priyanka Khanna is a historian with expertise in histories of women, gender history and medieval Indian history. Her research and teaching interest include early modern histories and global histories.

Prior to taking up the current role in 2018, Priyanka Khanna served in academic positions involving the teaching of history at Indira Gandhi National Open University and Munjal University.

Priyanka Khanna holds a PhD ​from the​ Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University; MA (Medieval History)​ from​ ​the ​University of Delhi​; and ​ BA  (History) (Hons.) from the University of Delhi.​

Publications (from 2015)

Scholarly Journals
‘The female companion in a world of men: Friendship and concubinage in late eighteenth century Marwar’, Studies in History, 33(1), pp. 98-116, (Khanna, P., 2017).

Scholarly Conference Proceedings
‘Embodying Royal Concubinage: Some Aspects of Concubinage in Royal Rajput Household of Marwar (Western Rajasthan)’, Proceedings of the Indian History Congress Vol. 72, Part I, Patiala, India, pp. 337-345. (Khanna, P., 10-13 December 2011).

Research Monographs, Books and Book Chapters
‘Service, sex and sentiments: Concubinage in the early modern Rajput household of Marwar’, In Sinha N., Varma N. and Jha, P. (Eds), Servants’ Pasts: Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century South Asia, Vol.1, Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi, India, pp. 197-226. (Khanna, P., 2019).

‘Cities in the 18th century-I’, Distance Learning Handbook, Block 6, MHI-10: Urbanisation in India, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India, pp. 50-65. (Khanna, P. and Mahanta, S.).

Current Research

Priyanka Khanna’s research is focussed on the history of a section of women who had to live as the concubines of Rajput Maharajas in early modern Marwar in Western Rajasthan.  Within the ambit of her wider research, she explores the agency of women, the evolution of gender relations and the histories of regions, economy, emotions and state formation.

Contribution to Profession and ​​Awards (from 2015)

Editorial Review Member, Journal of Research in Philosophy and History.

Subject Expert Member: Review Workshop of Social Sciences for the Development of Exemplar Bridge Course for Out-of-School Children, NCERT, New Delhi, 21-23 February 2018.

Expert Advisor: Interactive Radio Sessions at Gyan Vani: IGNOU’s educational radio, 17th July 2017 (‘Women and Gender in Medieval India’), 11th September 2017 (‘Notions of History in Rajasthani Sources’) and 27th November 2017 (‘Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth’).

Subject Expert Reviewer: Conference papers in Medieval India section for the Young Scholars' Conference on ‘Constructing the Past: Disciplines, Sources and Methods’, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 18-19 March 2016.

Current Research

Priyanka Khanna’s current research is focussed on the history of a section of women who had to live as the concubines of Rajput Maharajas in Early Modern Marwar in Western Rajasthan. Within the ambit of her wider research, she explores the agency of women, the evolution of gender relations and the histories of regions, economy, emotions and state formation.