Field(s) : (i) Conceptions of the Political: Rethinking Discursive and Non-Discursive Constructions of Different Publics (ii) Empire and Political Theory: Colonialism, Constitutionalism, Counter-Universalisms (iii) Indian Politics and Intellectual History: Long Genealogies of the State in India
Advisor(s) : Prof. Sudipta Kaviraj, Prof. Timothy Mitchell, Prof. Karuna Mantena, Dr. Joshua Simon
Shaunna Rodrigues is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies. She also holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and a BA (Hons) in Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi. She is the South Asia Editor of Borderlines, a blog associated with the journal Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME).
Shaunna specializes in political theory with research interests in theories of empire and imperialism, religion and pluralism, Islam and constitutionalism, epistemic injustice and caste violence, and South Asian intellectual history. Her Ph.D. dissertation studies Islamic justifications of constitutionalism in India to understand and critique how a right to justification for minority imaginaries of the political is constructed, defended, attacked and reforged in deeply diverse polities. Her current research engages with the political thought and praxis of Abul Kalam Azad and Bhim Rao Ambedkar as they challenged imperial political frameworks, critiqued the inherently unstable and limiting nationalism of 20th century India, and employed global shifts in Islam and liberalism to conceptualize radical democracy and politically mobilize counter or insurgent universalisms to the world constituting forces of modern imperialism. Prior to her Ph.D., Shaunna worked in North-East India.
Some of her publications include:
(2020) “Abul Kalam Azad and the Right to an Islamic Justification of the Indian Constitution” in Anupama Roy and Michael Becker eds. Dimensions of Constitutional Democracy.
(Upcoming) “Self-Respect as a Primary Political Ideal: Ambedkar’s Challenge to Political Theory” in Aakash Singh Rathore eds. B.R. Ambedkar: The Quest for Justice.
(2016) Growing Up in a Conflict Zone: Children Surviving Conflict in Manipur, with Melvil Pereira and Ankita Gupta.
(2016) Growing Up in a Conflict Zone: Children Surviving Conflict in Tripura, with Melvil Pereira and Ankita Gupta.