Dr. Lakshmi Arya

Associate Professor​

B.A. (Bangalore University); M.A. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi); M.Phil. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi); Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)


Dr. Lakshmi Arya Thathachar has a Ph.D. in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her doctoral thesis was on rape laws and trials in colonial times (British India and princely Mysore, 1860 – 1947).


She has previously held faculty positions at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore, (2007-10); at the O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat (2010-11); and at AURO University, Surat (2016-19). She has also taught part-time at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. She rejoins JGU as Associate Professor, JSIA, from Spring 2020.

Lakshmi has been awarded various national and international fellowships. As a postdoctoral scholar, she has been a Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Emory University School of Law, Atlanta; a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla; and a Charles Wallace India Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. As a doctoral scholar, she was awarded a Gender, Sexuality and Law Visiting Fellowship at Keele University, UK and a Junior Research Fellowship of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), Delhi. Recently, she won a residency at the International Writers’ and Translators’ House, Ventspils, Latvia, for the summer of 2020.

Lakshmi teaches and researches in the areas of history, law, gender, and philosophy. Her academic articles have appeared in international journals. She is currently working on a research project in which she proposes and works through the idea of an intellectual tradition.

She also writes creatively. Her poems have appeared in Eclectica Magazine, an American literary journal, and in Pratilipi, a bilingual Indian literary journal. In 2018, she won a commendation in the Greogory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition.