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Prof. (Dr.) Mrunmayee Satam

Prof. (Dr.) Mrunmayee Satam

Ph.D., University of Leicester (UK)

M.A., University of Mumbai (India)

B.A., St. Xavier's College (India)

Dr. Mrunmayee Satam is currently working as an Assistant Professor of History at BITS Law School. She holds B.A. degree in History from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and M.A. in History from Department of History, University of Mumbai. In 2015, she was awarded the ‘International Postgraduate Research Excellence Award’ to pursue her doctoral degree at the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester (UK). Her thesis is titled, ‘Governing the Body: Public Health and Urban Society in Colonial Bombay City, c. 1914-45’. More broadly, her research interests include colonial history, urban history and social history of health and healthcare.

Dr. Satam has published in both academic and policy-relevant publications. Within academic journals, she has contributed research articles in Planning Perspectives, Economic and Political Weekly and the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai and four book review articles for the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. Beyond academia, her research into public health has translated into public outreach through short articles for Marathi newspapers such as Loksatta and Maharashtra Times; and commentaries and op-eds for online forums such as History Workshop Online, History & Policy and Identities Blog. Outside of her academic work, she is an avid traveller, trained mountaineer, marathon runner and a photography enthusiast.


Journal Articles:

  • Mrunmayee Satam, ‘Sports and the Political Socialization of the Industrial Working Class in Colonial Bombay City’, Economic and Political Weekly (Forthcoming – 2023)

  • Mrunmayee Satam, ‘Water and Health: Politics surrounding Malaria Control in Colonial Bombay City, 1880-1930’, in Madhu Kelkar (ed), Journal of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Special Issue: 'Water Management in Bombay’ (Forthcoming - 2023)

  • Mrunmayee Satam, ‘Gandhi and the Development of Public Health Infrastructure in Interwar Bombay’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 57, Issue No. 44-45 (2022)

  • Mrunmayee Satam, ‘Influenza Pandemic and the Development of Public Health Infrastructure in Bombay City, 1919-1935’, in Juliet Davis (ed), Planning Perspectives, Special Issue: Epidemics, Planning, and the City, Vol. 37, Issue No. 1, 53-76 (2021)

Selected Popular Publications (English and Marathi):

  • Mrunmayee Satam, ‘Reforming Medicine: Dr Krishnabai Kelavkar’, History Workshop Online, 6 May 2021

  • Mrunmayee Satam, ‘India, Untouchability and Quarantine: A Historical Perspective’, in COVID-19 Blog Series by Identities Journal, 14 August 2020

  • Mrunmayee Satam, ‘India’s Worst Affected: The Socio-Economic Parallels between Influenza (1918-19) and Covid-19 in Mumbai', History & Policy, 24 June 2020

  • Mrunmayee Satam, ‘Mahamarichya Itihasat Dokavtana!’, Maharashtra Times (Marathi Newspaper, Published by The Times Group), 8 May 2020

Book Reviews:

  • Mrunmayee Satam, Review of Facets of Public Health in Early Twentieth-Century Bombay, by Mridula Ramanna. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 23:3 (2022)

  • Mrunmayee Satam, Review of Epidemic Malaria and Hunger in Colonial Punjab: Weakened by want, by Sheila Zurbrigg. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 22:2 (2021)

  • Mrunmayee Satam, Review of Lunatic Asylums in Colonial Bombay: Shackled bodies, unchained minds, by Sarah Ann Pinto. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 20:3 (2019)

  • Mrunmayee Satam, Review of The Wellbeing of the Labor Force in Bombay: Discourses and practices, by Priyanka Srivastava. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 20:1 (2019)