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Anne Hardgrove, Associate Professor of History, received a B.A. from Carleton College and Ph.D. in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Hardgrove's focus is interdisciplinary, with a geographical concentration on South Asia, in particular India. Her dissertation sought to address the question of how people begin to think of themselves as larger regional and pan-regional communities. This project was awarded the American Historical Association Gutenberg-e Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in History. In 2002, she published an electronic book with Columbia University Press, which is based upon her dissertation and further research. The title of this monograph is: Community and Public Culture: The Marwaris in Calcutta c. 1897 - 1997. Her current research, entitled "The Global Erotic: Translating the Kamasutra" seeks to address issues about the global construction of sexuality, in light of the transnational circulation and flow of erotic texts and ideas. She situates sexuality along the lines of colonialism, gender, class, and cross-cultural exchange. Her project also attempts to bridge the divide usually imposed between colony and metropole, and considers American appropriations of sexual ideas from other cultures. Specifically, she seeks to make bridges between Indian and U.S. histories. Dr. Hardgrove's teaching responsibilities -- which include teaching two undergraduate courses in world history -- have helped her to develop her expertise in that area, and she has been able to incorporate significant global and comparative perspectives into her graduate teaching.

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