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Shailaja Paik is Associate Professor of History and Affiliate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her first book Dalit Women’s Education in Modern India: Double Discrimination (London and New York: Routledge, 2014) examines the nexus between caste, class, gender, and state pedagogical practices among Dalit (“Untouchable”) women in urban India. Her second book The Vulgarity of Caste: Dalits, Sexuality, and Humanity (Forthcoming with Stanford University Press) focuses on the politics of caste, class, gender, sexuality, and popular culture in modern Maharashtra. She is working on her third monograph “Imposing Decency: Caste Domination and Normative Sexuality in Modern India.” Her research is funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, Stanford Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities-American Institute of Indian Studies, Yale University, Emory University, the Ford Foundation, and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, among others. Paik has published several articles on a variety of themes, including the politics of naming, Dalit and African American women, Dalit women’s education, new Dalit womanhood, and caste and normative sexuality in colonial India in prestigious international journals. Her scholarship and research interests are concerned with contributing to and furthering the dialogue in human rights, anti-colonial struggles, transnational women’s history, women-of-color feminisms, and particularly on gendering caste and subaltern history. Paik also co-organized the “Fifth International Conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. Ambedkar” at the New School of Social Research in October 2019.