Prof. Madhulika Banerjee

Designation: Professor, Department of Political Science

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Educational Qualifications

M.A. in Political Science

Department of Political Science, University of Delhi in the year 1985


Topic “Political Economy of Technology: A Case Study of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy” from Department of Political Science, University of Delhi in the year 1987


Topic: “Power, Culture, Medicine: Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals in India”, from Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, Delhi in the year 1996

Areas of Interest/ Specialization

Public Policy, Political Economy, Politics of Knowledge, Comparative Politics

Career Profile

Undergraduate honours teaching

Laxmibai College, Hindu College, Lady Shri Ram College, Temporary Lecturer, 1985-1995; Gargi College, Permanent Lecturer, 1995-2004;

Postgraduate teaching

Department of Political Science, University of Delhi (North and South campuses):2004—present. 

Research Guidance

♦ Supervision of Doctoral Thesis, under progress: 6

♦ Supervision of awarded M.Phil dissertations: 8

♦ Supervision of M.Phil dissertations, under progress: 2 

Publication Profile

Books Authored

♦ ‘Power, Knowledge, Medicine: Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals at Home and in the World’, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2009.

Research papers published in Refereed/ Peer-Reviewed Journals

♦ ‘Contemporary Conversations between Ayurveda and biomedicine: from reformulating drugs to refashioning parameters’, under preparation for publication in Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, an international, peer-reviewed journal published by Brill in December 2014.

♦ ‘Politics of Knowledge in The Debates On Toxicity In Ayurvedic Medicines: Recent Controversies Over Bhasmas’, under preparation for publication in Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, an international, peer-reviewed journal published by Brill in September 2014.

♦ Support For Ayush in Public Health: At the Cost Of the Environment?  under preparation for publication in the Social Development Report Council for Social Development, New Delhi in September 2014.

♦ ‘Participatory Democracy: Claiming India with Knowledge from Below’, under preparation for an edited volume entitled,’ Dimensions of Participatory Democracy in India’, eds. Vipul Mudgal and Chitrangada Chaudhary, to be published by Taylor and Francis, London in September 2014.

Participation as Paper/Poster Presenter

♦ ‘Politics of Knowledge: Ayurveda in Contemporary India’, at Brown University, Centre for Anthropology, 12 May 2013.

♦ Public Health as if People Mattered: Which Medical System Would be Best?’ Medical Humanities Conference, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, 9th July 2013.

♦ ‘Teaching is the Right Profession for Women’ Lecture delivered at the Regional Resource Centre for Elementary Education, CIE, University of Delhi, 27 September 2013.

♦ ‘Politics, Power and People: What Democracy Means in India’, Department of Political Science, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi, 23 October 2013

♦ ‘For a Fresh Perspective on the Politics of CSR’ International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, Shyamlal College (Evening), University of Delhi, 6 February 2014.

♦ Social Movements and Civil Society: The Role of Environmental Movements’, Janaki  Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi, 12 March 2014.

♦ What do Transdisciplinary Insights on Ayurveda indicate for the Effective Globalisation of Ayurveda? Kochi, Global Ayurveda Congress (International Conference), 21 February 2014.

Research Projects (Major Grants and Collaboration)

♦ Participating in PHARMASUD: Innovating from the South: Production, invention and appropriation of pharmaceutical knowledge in Brazil and India, a collaboration between French, Brazilian and Indian scholars funded by the ANRS, France. 

Awards and Distinctions

♦ Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development at Berlin, Oct 2009- Jun 2010.

♦ Travel Grant awarded for research at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London for a comparative the study of herbalists in Britain and practitioners of traditional medicine in India in the nineteenth century in terms of their political organisation in June 2002.

♦ Recipient of a six-month fellowship under the aegis of the South Asian Visiting Scholars Programme of the Queen Elizabeth House (International Development Centre), University of Oxford in 1997

♦ Recipient of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarship for the academic year 1988-89, for research at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex

♦ Awarded Junior Research Fellowship of the University Grants Commission in 1986.

Association with Professional Bodies

  1. Reviewing: Austrian Academy of Sciences(research organization),  Orient Blackswan (publisher), Indian Economic and Social History Review, Medical History, Pratiman (journals).
  2. Advisory: Invited to be a member of Advisory Committee to Dastkar Andhra, a non-governmental organization working with handloom technology and weavers’ livelihoods in Andhra Pradesh
  3. Invited to be a member of the Governing Body of Sambhaavnaa Trust, Palanpur, Himachal Pradesh.
  4. Committees and Boards: Member of Review Committee for Seva Mandir, a major non-governmental organization based in Udaipur, Rajasthan
  5. Memberships: Life Member of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, An Honorary Fellow of the Developing Countries Research Centre, an Interdisciplinary Studies Centre of the University of Delhi 

Personal Details

Languages Known:             Hindi, English, Bengali
DOB:                                      10/07/1963
Address (Office):                310, Arts Faculty Building, South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi