Faculty Profile for Dr. Leah M Renold

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Dr. Leah M Renold
Associate Professor — History
TMH 226
phone: (512) 245-2118

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Leah Renold is a historian of South Asia who offers courses on the History of India and Gandhi and Nonviolence. She received her doctorate in Modern South Asian History from the University of Texas at Austin (1999). In 2005 Oxford University Press published her first book, A Hindu Education: The Early Years of Banaras Hindu University, which explores the complex inter-relationships between Hindu traditions, Hindu-Muslim relations, education, and colonial policy during the Indian independence movement. Dr. Renold has lived in India for over seven years and visits India regularly.

Teaching Interests

History of India, History and Culture of Modern India, Mahatma Gandhi and Nonviolence, Peace and Nonviolent Movements

Research Interests

Indian independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi and non-violent resistance, environmental and religious history, the Ganges River, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Renold, L. M. (2018). "The Mahatma and the Missionary:  Gandhi’s Conflicting Accounts of His First Encounter with Christianity". Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 19(Spring 2018). https://doi.org/: For additional information about this article Access provided by Texas State University-San Marcos (30 Jan 2019 14:47 GMT) https://doi.org/10.1353/cch.2018.0006
  • Renold, L. M. (2018). “The Maharaja Grants the Brahman a Boon: The subordination of history to myth.” In M. Bhagavan & A. Hyder (Eds.), Hidden Histories: Religion and Reform in South Asia. Delhi, India: Primus Books. Retrieved from http://primusbooks.com/default.asp
  • Renold, L. M. (2017). Only the Impure Can Be Violated: Gandhi’s Views on Female Sexuality, Dalit Women, and Rape. Indian Journal of Dalit and Tribal Studies, 5(1), 1–11.
  • Renold, L. M. (2016, November). Interview with Dr. Leah Renold, Associate Professor, Modern South Asian History (Texas State University) - author of the book, “A Hindu Education: The Early Years of the Banaras Hindu University.” (Y. K. Upadhyaya, Ed.), IIT-BHU Chronicle. Retrieved from http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2016/11/index-interviews.php#007735
  • Renold, L. (2011). A Hindu Temple of Learning: The Hydridization of Religion and Architecture. In M. S. Dodson (Ed.), Banaras: Urban Forms and Cultural Histories. New Delhi: Routledge.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2018 College Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts. November 2017 - August 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: • “Favorite Professor”, Alfred H. Nolle Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Texas State University. 2012
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Professional Development Award, University of Texas Graduate Studies Program. May 1, 1995 - December 1, 1995

Selected Grants

  • Renold, Leah M. Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for First-Year Hindi Intensive at the University of California at Berkeley. (Funded: 1990). Grant.
  • Renold, Leah (Principal). Developmental Leave Grant 2014-15, Texas State University, Institutional (Higher Ed), $29895. (Submitted: August 1, 2015, Funded: September 1, 2014 - August 1, 2015). Grant.
  • Renold, Leah (Principal). Research Enhancement Grant 2007-2008, Texas State University, Institutional (Higher Ed). (Submitted: December 1, 2006, Funded: August 15, 2007 - July 15, 2008). Grant.
  • Renold, Leah (Principal). Meyerson Scholarship, Center for Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Institutional (Higher Ed). (Submitted: March 1, 1996, Funded: August 15, 1997 - July 15, 1998). Grant.
  • Renold, Leah M. American Institute for Indian Studies Junior Scholar Fellowship for dissertation research in India. (Funded: 1996 - 1997). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

History Research Fund Committee
January 2019-Present
University Curriculum Committee
August 2018-Present
Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee
August 2018-Present
Curriculum and Course Schedule Forecast Committee
August 2018-Present
Student Awards and Scholarships Committee
August 2018-Present