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Professor Sarah Hodges

Contact information: / Rm 3.78, third floor, Faculty of Arts Building

Office Hours (term-time only):

Tuesdays 4-5PM (online--sign up here); Wednesdays 12-1PM (in person--Room H026)

Undergraduate Modules


My current research project, 'What's at stake in the fake? Indian pharmaceuticals, African markets and global health' is funded by a £1.5m Collaborative Award from the Wellcome Trust (2018-2023). This project critically re-examines our collective common about fake drugs and global health. In my individual research for 'What's at stake in the fake' I continue to ask questions about the politics of health in colonial and postcolonial India (particularly the Tamil-speaking south). In addition to collaborative writing within the project team, I am currently writing a monograph, Small Pharma.



Public Health and Private Wealth: Stem Cells, Surrogates and Other Strategic Bodies. Edited with Mohan Rao (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Contraception, Colonialism and Commerce: Birth Control in South India, 1920-1940 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).

Reproductive Health in India: History, Politics, Controversies, Editor (Delhi: Orient Longman, 2006).

Guest Edited Special Issues

Women's Studies Quarterly: Technologies 37, 1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2009). With Karen Throsby.


Sarah Hodges and Emma Garnett, 'The Ghost in the Data: Evidence Gaps and the Problem of Fake Drugs in Global Health Research,' Global Public Health 15, 8 (2020): 1103-1118.

Sarah Hodges, 'The Case of the Spurious Drugs Kingpin: Shifting Pills in Chennai, India.' Critical Public Health 29, 4 (2019): 473-483.

Sarah Hodges, 'Plastic History, Caste, and the Government of Things in Modern India.' In Stephen Legg and Deana Heath, eds., South Asian Governmentalities (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp. 176-197.

Sarah Hodges, 'Hospitals as Factories of Medical Garbage.' Anthropology and Medicine 27, 3 (2017), pp. 319-333.

Sarah Hodges, 'Umbilical Cord Blood Banking and its Interruptions: Notes from Chennai, India.' Economy and Society 42, 4 (2013), pp. 651-670.

Sarah Hodges, 'Medical Garbage and the Making of Neoliberalism in India.' Economic and Political Weekly (November 30, 2013), pp. 112-119.

Sarah Hodges, '"It all changed after Apollo": Healthcare Myths and their Making in Contemporary India.' Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 10, 4 (2013), pp. 242-249.

Sarah Hodges, 'The Global Menace.' Social History of Medicine (2012) 25,3, pp. 719-728.

'South Asia's Eugenic Pasts.' In Philippa Levine and Alison Bashford (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 228-242.

Sarah Hodges, 'Indian Eugenics in an Age of Reform.' In Hodges (ed.), Reproductive Health in India: History, Politics, Controversies (Delhi: Orient Longman, 2006), pp. 115-138.

Sarah Hodges, 'Toward a History of Reproduction in Modern India.' In Hodges (ed.), Reproductive Health in India: History, Politics, Controversies (Delhi: Orient Longman, 2006), pp. 1-21.

Sarah Hodges, 'Revolutionary Family Life and the Self Respect Movement in Tamil south India, 1926-49.' Contributions to Indian Sociology (n.s.) 39, 2 (2005): 251-277.

Sarah Hodges, 'Looting the Lock Hospital in Colonial Madras during the Famine Years of the 1870s.' Social History of Medicine 18, 3 (2005): 379-398.

Sarah Hodges, 'Governmentality, Population and the Reproductive Family in Modern India.' Economic and Political Weekly 39, 11 (March 13, 2004): 1157-63.

Working Papers

Sarah Hodges, Chennai's Biotrash Chronicles: Chasing the Neo-Liberal Syringe GARNET Working Paper 44/08

Review articles

Sarah Hodges, 'Malthus is Forever: The Global Market for Population Control.' Global Social Policy 10, 1 (2010): 120-126.

Academic Profile

2019-present, Professor of Twentieth-Century History, University of Warwick
2017-2019, Reader, Department of History, University of Warwick
2008-2017, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Warwick
2003-2007, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Warwick
2001-2003, Temporary University Lecturer, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
2000-2001, Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies, U of London
1999-2001, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, U of London


1999: MA PhD, University of Chicago (History)
1990: BA, Brown University (History)