Poonam Bala (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh,UK)
Interests include: Medical Sociology, Social and medical history, women and medicine, colonial and post-colonial history, South Asian history, alternative medicine, community health, development studies.
Professor Bala has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (London, UK), and Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (Edinburgh, UK). She has taught at universities in the US, Canada and India; was a Visiting Professor in Pretoria/Cape Town (South Africa), and Associate Professor at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. She has published widely on medicine, health and disease in colonial India, and is the author of Imperialism and Medicine in Bengal: A Socio-Historical Perspective, Medicine and Medical Policies in India: Social and Historical Perspectives, and has edited Biomedicine as a Contested Site: Some Revelations in Imperial Contexts, with a forthcoming edited book Contesting Colonial Authority: Medicine and Indigenous Responses in 19th-and 20th-century India. Her recent research on social issues of poverty, history of cancer and stem cell technology, has been published in Encyclopedia of Cancer, and Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Technology (Sage, USA).She is currently working on the Asian Indians in Ohio.