Dr Norbert Peabody AB AM PhD


  • Senior Research Fellow in Anthropology, Wolfson College

Dr Norbert Peabody is an anthropologist and historian, whose research focuses on Indian nationalism during the 19th and 20th centuries. He currently has two book projects in preparation. The first explores the synergies that developed between the styles of nationalist discourse that were emerging in India and in the UK during the first half of the 19th century. The second concerns how technologies of the body that are deployed during the course of collective, anti-Muslim violence are shaping contemporary ‘Hindu’ nationalism in India.

Dr Peabody is author of Hindu Kingship and Polity in Precolonial India, which won the Gladstone History Book Prize in 2003. His articles include ‘Disciplining the Body, Disciplining the Body-Politic: Physical Culture and Social Violence Among North Indian Wrestlers’, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 51(2), (April 2009): 372–400; ‘Cents, Sense, Census: Human Inventories in Late Precolonial and Early Colonial India’, Comparative Studies in Society and History,  43(4), (October 2001): 819–850; and ‘Tod’s Rajast’han and the Boundaries of Imperial Rule in 19th–Century India’, Modern Asian Studies,  30(1), (February 1996): 185–220.