Anindita Nag was trained as a social and cultural historian of South Asia, specializing in the history of science, technology and medicine in colonial and postcolonial India. Her research focuses on the intersection of colonialism and science, specifically in the context of development policy, planning and practice. Related research interests include gender and science, visual culture in science, and the links between literary and scientific discourses.
Her current research investigates the photographic representations of famine in India from 1870 to 1920. Attending to the multiple locations around which famine images were produced, circulated and archived, the project seeks to understand how the photographic archive became a critical locus for the emergence of famine as an object of historical knowledge and understanding.
This project follows from her doctoral dissertation work at the Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her PhD in 2010. Her dissertation titled, "Managing Hunger: Famine, Science and the Colonial State in India, 1860-1910," examined how the colonial conception of famine as a technical malfunction informed new notions of famine management, and delineated new scientific disciplines for its regulation.