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Dr. Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff

Research Fellow

C/o Dr. Vinod Kumar Sinha Prof CIP V/1 CIP Residential Quarters Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP) Kanke Ranchi 834006 Jharkhand India
Phone 00918084927333 / 0091651-2450930 / 0091651-2450434

Ph.D from the Centre of Asian Studies in Amsterdam (CASA), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Research Experience





Roles and responsibilities

Region Representative South Asia Desk, Ranchi
International Institute of Social History (IISH),




Establishing of a new regional desk of the IISH at Ranchi; appointing and supervising of research and collection activities of various IISH correspondents in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal and own research in Bihar.
Post-Doctoral Fellow




Research, organization of
conferences and publications

Hon. Director (Research)

Asian Development Research  Institute(ADRI) Ranchi Branch



Supervision of research, research application writing, fund raising, report writing, research for ADRI State Resource Centre (Literacy),

Organization lectures, workshops etc. and guidance students (MA, M.Phil and Diploma) /internships
Post Doctoral Fellow

NWO/WOTRO, the Netherlands


Research and Publications

Deputy Dir. ADRI Ranchi and Visiting Fellow at IIAS, Leiden, the Netherlands. ADRI



Administration and Research (Supervision). Setting up of a branch office of ADRI at Ranchi and appointment of employees. Part of several interview boards of NGOs in Ranchi (India)

Dr. Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff worked as ADRI's Deputy Director (Research) at Ranchi from 1995 till 2010. She is also Member of the Board of ADRI Society and since January 1  2015, she is affiliated to ADRI as a Research Fellow.

During the 15 years that Sinha-Kerkhoff worked as Dy. Director and later as Dir. Research for ADRI she established a new research oriented office in Ranchi. She also saw the birth of a separate state Jharkhand and Ranchi becoming its capital. This implied that Ranchi got a separate SRC under ADRI's aegis. Meanwhile ADRI at Patna increasingly diversified and flourished. Sinha-Kerkhoff's trust at Ranchi was in academic research and related to that she received funding for and organised several workshops, seminars and international conferences both in Ranchi and in Patna.

She has held several post-doctoral fellowships (Sephis, NWO, WOTRO, IDPAD/ICCSR). Visiting Fellow IIAS and IISH (The Netherlands). During the last fifteen years, she has studied issues like gender and youth in India and the impact of globalisation; post partition migration of Hindu minorities from Bangladesh to India; minority issues in India and Bangladesh; indentured labour and the Indian Diaspora; education in Jharkhand and the history of cash crops in Bihar.

She has contributed extensively in national and international journals, wrote some books and edited as well as co-edited books. She also guided MA, PhD and post-doc research students working in Bihar and Jharkhand and hosted a few interns at Ranchi. She also received several prestigious international multi-year  post-doctoral research scholarships and capacity grants. Sinha-Kerkhoff carried out research individually and in groups in projects such as:

-          Research project in project on Globalization and the Construction of Communal Identities.

-          Research project in project on Displaced Populations in the Context of the South Asian Economic and Institutional Order.

-          Research project on Partition Memories: Minority Identities and those who stayed: a Comparison of Muslims in India and Hindus in Bangladesh.

-          Research project on A Diaspora Coming Home? Overseas Indians re-establishing links with Bihar (India).

-          Research project in project on Plants, People and Work: The Social History of Cash Crops in Asia, 18th to 20th Centuries.

-          Research project in project on Migration, Development and Conflict (India, South Africa and The Netherlands).

Outcomes of these research projects are published in journals, edited books and a few monographs. Sinha-Kerkhoff has now received a research grant from the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) (New Delhi) and is as Senior Research Fellow involved in a project entitled: ‘Changing Patterns of Tobacco Consumption in Eastern India, 18th to 20st Century' (2015 to 2017).


Research Interests

Current Areas of Research

Agrarian-Metropolitan Societies (development-, higher education and literacy, cultivation- peasant- and labor issues), Migration (incl. national, transnational, and return as well as diasporas, indendured and refugee issues), Commodity Chains, Consumption Behavior and History (in particular tobacco) Youth and Gender issues (incl. girlhood, masculinity, suicide, violence, social-political movements) and History of Agrarian and Veterinary Sciences (in particular institutional/educational and labor history in eastern India, incl. present-day Bangladesh).

Selected Publications

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