Olin-Sang American Civilization Center, 117
Departments/ProgramsGerman, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature
DegreesHarvard University, Ph.D.
Harvard University, M.A.
ExpertiseEarly modern European history, especially Germany. World History.
ProfileWorks on the social history of early modern Europe (c. 1450 to c. 1750), especially in comparative perspective with Indo-Islamic and East Asian civilizations. He is most interested in rural Germany, and in particular in the role of criminal and civil legal institutions in the daily life of the peasantry.
|HIST||10a||Not Even Past: History for the Global Citizen|
|HIST||56b||World History to 1960|
|HIST||66a||History of South Asia (2500 BCE - 1971)|
|HIST||121a||Breaking the Rules: Deviance and Nonconformity in Premodern Europe|
|HIST||123b||Reformation Europe (1400-1600)|
|HIST||126a||Early Modern Europe (1500-1700)|
|HIST||179a||Labor, Gender, and Exchange in the Atlantic World, 1600-1850|
|HIST||205b||Introduction to Doctoral Studies|
|HIST||215b||Teaching World History|
|HIST||221b||Thematic Seminar in Premodern Legal History|
|SAS||100a||Introduction to South Asia|
Awards and Honors
Theodore and Jane Norman Award for Faculty Scholarship (2006)
National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship (2001)
Marver and Sheva Bernstein Faculty Fellowship (2000 - 2001)
Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for Teaching (1999 - 2000)
Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Harvard University CUE Guide (1995)
Gross Dissertation Prize in History (1995)
Harvard Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities (1994)
DAAD Fellowship for Archival Research (Augsburg) (1991)
DAAD Fellowship (Universitat Regensburg) (1989)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (1989)
Isadore Finkelstein Prize in History (1987)
German Embassy Prize in German (1986)
Madelene Hogson Prize in History (1985)
Norman Prentice Prize in History (1985)
Sreenivasan, Govind. "[Review]." Rev. of Earls Colne’s Early Modern Landscapes, by Dolly MacKinnon. Renaissance Quarterly 2015 (forthcoming)
Sreenivasan, Govind. "Speaking Nothing to Power in early modern Germany: Making Sense of Peasant Silence in the Ius Commune." Ignorance, Nescience, Nonknowledge: Late Medieval and Early Modern Coping with Un-knowns, Harvard University. 20 Feb 2015.
Sreenivasan, Govind. "[Review]." Rev. of Die Neuwerker Bauern und ihre Nachbarn im 14. Jahrhundert, by Ludolf Kuchenbuch. German History vol. 33, 1 2015: 133-135.
Sreenivasan, Govind. "Judging and Punishing Injuries in Early Modern Germany (c. 1550-1650)." Central European History 47. 3 (2014): 544-584.
Sreenivasan, Govind. "[Review]." Rev. of Social Relations: Property and Power [Rural Economy and Society in North-western Europe, 500-2000, vol. 1], by Bas J. P. van Bavel and Richard W. Hoyle (eds.). Zeitschrift für Agrargeschichte und Agrarsoziologie vol. 60, 2 2012
Sreenivasan, Govind. "Beyond the Village: Recent Approaches to the Social History of the Early Modern German Peasantry." History Compass 11. 1 (2013): 47-6
Sreenivasan, Govind. "Chapter 1: Food Production." A Cultural History of Food. Volume 4: The Early Modern Age. vol. 4 Ed. Beat Kümin. Oxford: Berg, 2012
Sreenivasan, Govind. "Review." Rev. of Revolte und Sozialstatus. Von der Spätantike bis zur Frühen Neuzeit. Révolte et statut social de l'Antiquité tardive aux Temps modernes, by Philippe Depreux, ed.. sehepunkte vol. 9, 10 October 2009
Sreenivasan, Govind. "Review." Rev. of Ecology, economy and state formation in early modern Germany, by Paul Warde. Social History vol. 32, 4 (Nov 2007): 473-5.
Sreenivasan, Govind. "Review." Rev. of Communal Christianity: The Life and Loss of a Peasant Vision in early modern Germany. (Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc., 2004), by David Mayes. Central European History vol. 39, 3 (September 2006): pp. 496-8.
Sreenivasan,Govind. "Review of Oliver Kaul, Undankbare Gäste: Abendmahlsverzich und Abendmahls-ausschluss in der Reichsstadt Ulm um 1600." German History (2005).
Sreenivasan, Govind. The Peasants of Ottobeuren, 1487-1726: A Rural Society in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge University Press, 2004.