Veena Talwar Oldenburg

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Veena Talwar Oldenburg is Professor of History at Baruch College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is best known for her widely reviewed book on Dowry murder.[1][2]

Oldenburg is a native of Lucknow, India. She has a bachelor's degree from Loreto Convent College and an M.A. from the University of Lucknow. She has a second master's from the University of Bridgeport which she earned shortly after immigrating to the United States in 1970 and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[3]

Oldenburg has previously taught at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University.[3] She is a 2016 Fulbright Nehru Senior Scholar.[citation needed]


She has authored a number of books on Indian history:

  • The Making of Colonial Lucknow, 1856-1877 Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1984.
  • Dowry murder : the imperial origins of a cultural crime : Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
    • Review, The American historical review. 112, no. 2, (2007): 484
    • Review, International Journal of Hindu Studies, 10, no. 1 (2006): 117-118
    • Review, Estudios de Asia y Africa. 40, no. 3, (2005): 709
    • Review, The Indian economic and social history review. 41, no. 4, (2004): 516
  • Lifestyle as resistance: the case of the courtesans of Lucknow. \


  1. ^ "Resistance as a Lifestyle". Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Project MUSE". Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Baruch College bio". Retrieved August 11, 2017.