Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Jessica Bridgette Hinchy

Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Asst Prof Jessica Bridgette Hinchy

Jessica's research examines gender, sexuality and colonialism in India. In particular, she has explored the history of the transgender Hijra community, which was criminalised under colonial rule and was increasingly marginalised by middle class Indian gender morality in the late nineteenth century. Her book on this subject, titled Governing Gender and Sexuality in Colonial India: The Hijra, c. 1850-1900 will be published by Cambridge University Press in April 2019 (

Jessica has also explored slavery, masculinity, and indirect colonial rule in India through several publications on Khwajasarai eunuch-slaves. She has also investigated the history of childhood, in particular in relation to sexuality and slavery. More recently, she has began research on the gender and family history of low-caste and Dalit communities that were labelled "criminal tribes" and criminalised under colonial law in British India. Her research has appeared in Gender & History, Asian Studies Review, Culture, Theory & Critique, and South Asian History & Culture, as well as several edited collections.

Jessica teaches courses on gender history, South Asian history, colonialism and slavery. Most recently she has developed a course titled "History of Feminism" (HH3041), which examines women's movements globally since the nineteenth century.

In August 2013, Jessica joined the History Department at NTU as an Assistant Professor. In June 2013, she received a PhD in South Asian History from The Australian National University, Canberra.
Research Interests
Areas of research interest:
- Gender and sexuality in both South Asia and the British Empire
- Colonialism, in particular colonial governance, law and forms of colonial knowledge
- Criminal law, discourses of criminality and the criminalisation of marginalised peoples
- Slavery in eighteenth and nineteenth century South Asia
- History of childhood in South Asia
Current Projects
  • Eunuchs, Colonialism and Modernity in North India
  • Gender and the Making of Caste Identities: Dalits in North India and Singapore
Selected Publications
  • Jessica Hinchy. (2019). Governing Gender and Sexuality in Colonial India: The Hijra, c. 1850-1900. Cambridge University Press.
  • Jessica Hinchy.(2018). Eunuchs and the East India Company in North India. In Almut Hoefert, Serena Tolino, and Matthew Mesley(Ed), Celibate and Childless Men in Power: Ruling Eunuchs and Bishops in the Pre-Modern World(179-74). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Jessica Hinchy. (2017). The Eunuch Archive: Colonial Records of Non-Normative Gender and Sexuality in India. Culture, Theory and Critique, 58(2), 1-20.
  • Hinchy, Jessica.(2015). The Sexual Politics of Imperial Expansion: Eunuchs and Indirect Colonial Rule in Mid-Nineteenth-Century North India. Gender, Imperialsm and Global Exchanges(25-48). Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Zazie Bowen & Jessica Hinchy. (2015). Introduction: Children and Knowledge in India. South Asian History and Culture, 6(3), 317-329.

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