Santa Clara University

History department

Sita Anantha Raman

Professor Emeritus

Academic Employment

Santa Clara University

Associate Professor,  South & Southeast Asian History

  • Faculty member, Asian Studies Program
  • Faculty member, Program for the Study of Women and Gender
  • Faculty member, Center for Multicultural Learning
  • Faculty Senate Council Representative, 2004-2005

Ph.D. University of California - Los Angeles
M.S. University of California - Los Angeles
B.A. University of California - Los Angeles
B.A. Bombay University - Elphinstone College


Women in India: A Social and Cultural History (Westport & Santa Barbara: Praeger & ABC-CLIO, 2009)

A.Madhaviah: A Biography and a Novella, with Vasantha Surya's transl., "Muthumeenakshi" (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Getting Girls to School: Social Reform in the Tamil Districts, 1870-1930(Calcutta: Stree, 1996)

Monographs, Book chapters, Articles (selected)

From Chattrams to National Schools: Educational Philanthropy in South India, 18th-20th Centuries, Monograph #52 (Ogden, UT: Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, 1994)

"Prescriptions for Gender Equality: The Work of Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi", in Charisma and Commitment in South Asian History: Essays Presented to Stanley Wolpert. Ed. Roger Long (New Delhi: Orient Longmans, 2004)

"Popular Pujas in Public Places: Lay Rituals in South Indian Temples",  International Journal of Hindu Studies, 5:2 (Fall 2002), 165-198

"Crossing Cultural Boundaries: Indian Matriarchs and Sisters in Service", Journal of Third World Studies, 18:2 (Fall 2001), 131-148

"Old Norms in New Bottles: Constructions of Gender and Ethnicity in the Early Tamil Novel", The Journal of Women's History, v.12, no. 3, Fall 2000, 93-119

"Walking Two Paces Behind: Women's Education in India", in Ananya. Eds. S.N.Sridhar and N.Mattoo (New York: Center for India Studies, SUNY & Federation of Indians in America, 1997), 375-395

"The Causes of Indian Emigration to Mauritius",  From India to Mauritius. Ed. S.Chandrashekar (La Jolla: Population Review, 1988).     

Other Activities (selected)
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Adjunct, History; Independent & Distance Learning
  • Pacific Coast Immigration Museum - Advisory Board Member
  • Academic Papers -
    • South Asia Conference, Los Angeles
    • Association for Asian Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta
    • Berkshire Women's Conference, Claremont McKenna College
    • Conference on Religion in South India, Ottowa, Canada
    • Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • Annual South Asia Conference, Berkeley
  • Academic Text Consultant - Oxford University Press, Houghton Mifflin, CQ Press
  • Academic Book Reviews for Journals
  • Volunteer, High School Tutor, Athens
  • Volunteer, Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
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