Nisha Poyyaprath Rayaroth
Nisha Poyyaprath Rayaroth is currently a Fulbright fellow with Yale Macmillan Centre, Yale University. Her book, Jumbos and Jumping Devils: A Social History of Indian Circus was published with Oxford University Press in 2020. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Delhi. Dr. Nisha has been a Mellon-SSRC Transregional research fellow with Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand and a Writing fellow with Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study in South Africa. Her monograph, The Jumping Devils: A Tale of Circus Bodies has been published in the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Occasional Paper Series. Her writings have appeared, amongst others, in Indian Economic and Social History Review, Economic and Political Weekly, Conservation and Society, Indian Journal of Gender Studies and Social Science Probings. She has been awarded the Swedish South Asia Studies Network fellowship in Lund University, Sweden, Charles Wallace India Trust Research Grant, UK, Indian Council of Historical Research Junior Research Fellowship, New Delhi and the Papiya Ghosh Memorial Trust Ph.D Fellowship from Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, India. Presently, she is also co-editing with Prof Dilip M Menon, a collection of essays based on the international conference, ‘Circus Histories and Theories’ that she organized at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa in 2018.