Niharika Yadav studies global genealogies of political ideas (ideologies), institutions and practices in the modern world, with a particular focus on 19th and 20th century South Asia. Her dissertation project examines languages of socialism in western and northern India by situating them within the distinct cultural and political formations of these regions as well as in relation to global historical conjunctures. Like her co-instructors, the actors in Niharika’s research were engaged in a global debate about the nature and trajectories of capitalism in their time.
Before joining the Ph.D. program in History at Princeton University, Niharika received undergraduate (B.A. Honors), Masters and M.Phil. (Modern Indian History) degrees in History from Delhi University. She has also worked as a research intern at a state-run museum and as a teaching assistant at a private liberal arts university in New Delhi.