KUMKUM ROY teaches ancient Indian social history at the Centre for Historical Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her publications include The Emergence of Monarchy
in North India (1994) and The Power of Gender and the Gender of Power (2010). She is
interested in gender, political institutions, histories of marginalized groups as well
as in pedagogical issues pertaining to the teaching of history, and has worked with
teams involved in the production of school textbooks at the state and national level.