Contact information: s.hodges [at] warwick.ac.uk / +44 (0)2476 523451 / Humanities Building Room 026
Office Hours On research leave 2017-2018
- 2017-present, 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)
I work on the social and cultural history of modern South Asia, specifically the politics of health in colonial and postcolonial India (particularly the Tamil-speaking south). My interests lie at the intersection of a number of fields: modern South Asian history, cultural studies, and the history of science, technology and medicine.
My current project, Biotrash, explores the afterlives of medical garbage in Chennai, one of India's new health care hub cities. It tells a global story of the sutures that bind clean medicine to city scrapyards.
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.
'Hospitals as Factories of Medical Garbage.' Anthropology and Medicine 27, 3 (2017), pp. 319-333.
'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, forthcoming).
'Umbilical Cord Blood Banking and its Interruptions: Notes from Chennai, India.' Economy and Society 42, 4 (2013), pp. 651-670.
'Medical Garbage and the Making of Neoliberalism in India.' Economic and Political Weekly (November 30, 2013), pp. 112-119.
'"It all changed after Apollo": Healthcare Myths and their Making in Contemporary India.' Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 10, 4 (2013), pp. 242-249.
'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.
'Indian Eugenics in an Age of Reform.' In Hodges (ed.), Reproductive Health in India: History, Politics, Controversies (Delhi: Orient Longman, 2006), pp. 115-138.
'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.
'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.
'Looting the Lock Hospital in Colonial Madras during the Famine Years of the 1870s.' Social History of Medicine 18, 3 (2005): 379-398.
'Governmentality, Population and the Reproductive Family in Modern India.' Economic and Political Weekly 39, 11 (March 13, 2004): 1157-63.
Chennai's Biotrash Chronicles: Chasing the Neo-Liberal Syringe GARNET Working Paper 44/08
'Malthus is Forever: The Global Market for Population Control.' Global Social Policy 10, 1 (2010): 120-126.
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