Rachel Berger is Associate Professor of History, Fellow of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute and Director of the Individualized Program (INDI). She is a historian of medicine and the body in South Asia.
Dr. Berger’s research has focused on the history of Ayurvedic medicine in the context of late colonial biopolitics, Hindi-language discussions of gyneacology and reproductive medicine in interwar India, and the visual culture of consumption in the subcontinent. Her current South Asia-based research project takes up the history of food and nutrition in interwar India.
Dr Berger has long-standing scholarly and activist interests in queer lives and reproductive politics; in this capacity, she is researching Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and queer kinship in contemporary Canada.
She holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge (Clare College).