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Professor Sarah Hodges

Contact information: s.hodges [at] / +44 (0)2476 523451 / Humanities Building Room 026

Office Hours I am typically available to meet students in my office (H026) during Tuesdays 1-2PM and Wednesdays 10-11AM (during term time). Please be sure to email in advance if you are planning on dropping by to make sure that we have enough time to talk about what brings you to office hours. Please email me in the event that your timetable clashes with my office hours-- I am always happy to make appointments to see students at other, mutually agreed, times.

Undergraduate Modules


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 research project, 'What's at stake in the fake? Indian pharmaceuticals, African markets and global health' is funded by a Collaborative Award from the Wellcome Trust (2018-2023),and critically re-examines our collective common sense about fake drugs and global health.



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.


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

'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.

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

'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.

Working Papers

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

Review articles

'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)