Department of Sociology and Criminology

Poonam Bala

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 University of Delhi, Her select publications include: Imperialism and Medicine in Bengal: A Socio-Historical Perspective; Medicine and Medical Policies in India: Social and Historical Perspectives; (ed.) Biomedicine as a Contested Site: Some Revelations in Imperial Contexts;  (ed.) Contesting Colonial Authority: Medicine and Indigenous Responses in 19th-and 20th-century India, and (ed.) Medicine and Colonialism: Historical Perspectives in India and South Africa, with projects in progress on medical services under the empire,  and gender and medicine in colonial contexts.  She has also published widely on social issues of poverty, history of cancer and stem cell technology, in the Encyclopedia of Cancer, and Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Technology (Sage, USA).