Ruby Lal

Emory Professor and acclaimed historian of India, Ruby Lal is the author of three books. Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World and Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness won much acclaim and reviews in major international journals and magazines, The New York Review of Books, The Economic and Political Weekly, Revue Historique, and The Times Literary Supplement. Her recently published biography, Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan (NY: W. W. Norton, 2018, 2020) won the Georgia Author of the Year Award in Biography, and was also a finalist in History for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Among the top ten pick of the Time Magazine, The Telegraph and the Prospect Magazine London, EMPRESS has been lauded by The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New York Times, the BBC, The Indian Express, Business Standard and numerous other national and international journals, magazines and newspapers.

Ruby is currently a Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies (SCAS) where she is completing her new biography, REBEL PRINCESS: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan (Yale University Press). Sixteenth century nomadic Mughal Princess Gulbadan was the sole woman writer of the untold histories of bartered women, dead children, and peripatetic women embodying the adventure of life in war zones. Ruby brought Gulbadan’s memoir to the attention of the academic world in her first book and now turns to her biography.

Ruby Lal

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