NEW YORK, NY — May 21, 2015 – Baruch College Professor Veena Oldenburg has earned a Fulbright Senior Award for Scholarly Excellence, which she will use to work on a research project in India.
Oldenburg has taught classes in global history for 25 years at Baruch. She also teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Her most recent project is titled The Chronicles of Gurgaon: From Mythic Hamlet to Millennium City. The $65,000 Fulbright Award will allow Oldenburg to live in Gurgaon, India for nine months starting in November. She will spend her time exclusively on her research and writing, and will work within Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.
“I am delighted to get this award,” says Oldenburg. “It suddenly gives me the time and the focus to bring this long simmering project, on which I have worked on between semesters of teaching for two years, to a fitting conclusion.”
Oldenburg will write the first holistic history of Gurgaon that reflects the evolution of Indian urbanization in the last two millennia, tracing its forgotten antecedents and tracking the arc of change that ends in the present startling, modern megalopolis. Gurgaon has gone from a cluster of sleepy villages only a few decades ago to a still-growing hub for heavy industry, information technology, and international corporations. Oldenburg will turn her research into a book.
For her earlier books, Oldenburg’s research was supported by scholarships from the Rockefeller Foundations, The Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned societies, American Philosophical Society, The Ford Foundation, and The American Institute of Indian Studies (one junior and two senior fellowships funded by The Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
Oldenburg is originally from Lucknow, India. She has a B.A. in Literature and History, and an M.A. in Western History, from the University of Lucknow; another M.A. in European History from the University of Bridgeport; and a Ph.D. in Indian History from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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