Dr. Reeju Ray


Main Focus

  • Pedagogical and research practices in the field of legal history in India
  • Colonial law and practices of jurisdiction in the British Empire in the long 19th century
  • Law and minority governance
  • Frontiers and borderlands

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Record

2008 – 2013
Ph.D. History, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

2005 – 2007
M.A. Modern History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

2002 – 2005
B.A. with Honors, History, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, New Delhi, India

Work Experience 

2019 –
Associate Professor of History and Assistant Dean International Collaboration, O.P. Jindal Global University, India

 2015 – 2017
SSHRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies, University of Western Ontario

2013 – 2018
Sessional Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Toronto

2012 – 2013
Intern, School of Graduate Studies (SGS), Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

2008 – 2014
Teaching Fellow and Teaching Assistant, History Department, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, elected 2024
  • Visiting Researcher, Max Planck Institute of Legal History and Legal Theory 2023
  • Max Planck Institute of Legal History and Legal Theory Bursary for the Third Legal Histories of Empires Conference at Maynooth University, July 2022
  • Research Associate, York Center of Asian Research, York University, Canada, 2017–2019
  • SSHRC Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, University of Western Ontario, 2015 – 2017 
  • Visiting Fellow, Centre for Northeast Studies and Policy Research Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, 2016
  • Annual Award of Excellence for a Doctoral Thesis, Department of History, Queen’s University, 2014
  • Dean’s Award, School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, 2013
  • Queen’s University Graduate Award and International Tuition Award, 2008–2013
  • Alan Bray Scholarship, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2010
  • Huntley MacDonald Sinclair Travelling Scholarship Queen’s University, 2010
  • Timothy C.S. Frank Research Scholarship, Queen’s University, 2010
  • Union Grants Commission Fellowship, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2007–2008
  • ubuEuropean and Comparative



Ray, R.
Placing the Frontier Hills: Law and Custom in the Northeastern Frontier of the British Empire in India
Oxford: Oxford University Press (2023), 224 pp

Journal articles

Ray, R.
Event, Memory, Metaphor in Jaspreet Singh’s Helium: 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms in India
Sikh Formations 18/3-4 (2022), 298-308
Ray, R.
‘Right to the City’: The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation) Act 2014
Economic and Political Weekly 57/26-27 (2022)
Ray, R.
Interrupted Sovereignties in the North-East Frontier of British India. 1787-1870
Modern Asian Studies 53/2 (2019), 606-632

Book chapters

Ray, R.
Homecoming: A Queer Place
ed. Janice Pariat, We Come from Mist: Writings from Meghalaya (Zubaan Publishers 2023)

Book reviews

Ray, R.
Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought by Durba Mitra
Princeton; Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2020, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies Volume 44/4 (2021), 809-811
Ray, R.
Forgotten Friends: Monks, Marriages, and Memories of Northeast India.
By Indrani Chatterjee, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013, Journal of Asian Studies 72/2  (2014), 562-563


Ray, R.
Custom, Lineage, and Identity in India's North East
Third World Approaches to International Law Review Reflections, 60 (2024)

Media and public writing

Ray, R.
Talking Frontiers Podcast
Talking Frontiers Podcast, Producer and Host (2023–)
Ray, R.
Terror in the Coal Mines of North-East India
Jamhoor Issue 5: Borders and Border Making in South Asia: 50 Years since 1971 (August 2021)
Ray, R.
How the Borders were Drawn: Stories from Khasi
Jaintia, Garo Hills, Raiot (June 2021)
Ray, R.
Street Vendors and Public Spaces in Shillong, Raiot (December 2017)
Ray, R.
Travel and its Motives
Raiot (May 2016)
Ray, R.
Marking an Absence: Fiction from Northeast India
COLUMN:Marking an absence: fiction from north-east India - Magazines - DAWN.COM
Ray, R.
Landscapes and Historical Imagination, Dawn (April 2015)
COLUMN: Landscape and historical imagination - Magazines - DAWN.COM
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