Assistant Professor

Dr Aqsa Agha

Department of History

  1. Politics of Transition in Eighteenth Century in Indian History
  2. Gender in History
  3. Community-Based Participatory Research



Lady Shri Ram College,
University of Delhi.
B.A. (Hons.) History


Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Professional Service

  • August 2016-November 2016- Researcher-HRDA-India
  • December 2016-March 2018- Research Officer-TISS, Mumbai
  • August 2018-May 2020- Assistant Professor (Guest Faculty)-LSR, Delhi University/PGDAV College Delhi University
  • August 2018- April 2019- Resource Person- Centre for Equity Studies
  • February 2020-December 2020- Research Consultant-Partners-in-Change

Research Interest

  • With her specialisation in medieval Indian history and interest in the larger theme of gender, state and politics, her thesis explores the role of the zenana (harem) in the process of political transition in the eighteenth century Awadh.
  • Besides her interest in history, she has been associated with organisations in the field of human rights, social justice and participatory research engaging with grassroot communities.

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2011– Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minorities – UGC

List of Publications

  • Agha, Aqsa, Communalism: The Challenge to the Truth of Indian Diversity in Swati Bute ed., “Intercultural relations and Ethnic Conflict in Asia”, published by IGI Global Publication, USA, 2016.
  • The Women Bhaktas in Indian History: Subverting Gender Roles, in Azaad Awaaz, Vol 1. Issue 3, October 2020, pg.6. (Azaad Awaaz is a monthly magazine produced as part of Centre for New Economic Studies, JSIA, O.P., Jindal Global University and Paigam Network initiative for understanding socio-economic issues.)
  • Agha, Aqsa, ‘Does JNU’s progressive politics stand a chance?’, Café Dissensus, April 5, 2017
  • Agha, Aqsa, ‘COVID-19 lockdown: Isn’t it time for the State to do business again?’, Down to Earth, May 19,2020.
  • Agha, Aqsa, ‘Communalisation of the Pandemic that Deprived the Marginalised’, Delhi Post, September 17, 2020.

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