South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Manomohini Dutta

Manomohini Dutta



Hindu Legal Traditions, Sanskrit literature, Pre-Modern Indian History, South Asian Religions, South Asian History, Gender Studies


Manomohini Dutta's research spans premodern South Asian history, religions, and languages. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled Women's Property Rights in Precolonial Bengal: Hindu Legal Traditions of the 12th to 16th centuries CE. She investigates women's rights to property in the Brahmanical legal discourse. Her findings indicate that the Bengal texts reflect a paradigm shift in their attitude towards women's agency from earlier mainstream texts.

She holds an M.Phil. in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, where she worked on Brahmanical sacrificial rituals in Sanskrit epic traditions (2007). She completed her M.A. in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University (2005). She has a B.A. in History (Honors) from University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India (2003).

Manomohini frequently presents papers related to her doctoral research at conferences such as the Association for Asian Studies, American Oriental Society, Madison Conference on South Asia and other meetings.

Over the years, she has received fellowships from the Department of Asian Studies (University of Texas), the South Asia Institute (University of Texas), the Graduate School (University of Texas), the Taraknath Das Foundation (Columbia University), and the Indian Council for Historical Research (New Delhi, India) in support of her research.

Manomohini recently taught an undergraduate course entitled Introduction to India at University of Texas (Spring 2014). She also taught Hindi as a Teaching Assistant at University of Texas (Fall 2008 - Spring 2013).


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