University of Delhi
Faculty Member Profile


Dr. David Vumlallian Zou

  Assistant Professor
     Department of History, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi, Delhi- 110007

Educational Qualifications


Queen’s University Belfast, UK



Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi



MA (History), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi



BA (Major), English literature,  St. Anthony’s College, NEHU, Shillong.


Career Profile

2009- till date: Assistant Professor, History, University of Delhi, Delhi.

Administrative Assignments

Member, Departmental Research Committee (DRC)

Areas of Specialization / Interest

Colonial history, North-east India, book history, ethno-history, indigenous identities, gender history, imaginative geographies, historical geography.

Subjects Taught

The Rise and Development of Capitalism in Britain, France and Germany 1750-1964.

M.Phil Course III (Reading-based Group Discussion on select historical works)

Publications Profile

Books/Monographs (Authored/Edited)

Zou, David Vumlallian. Bible Belt in Babel: Print, Identity and Gender in colonial Mizoram. New Delhi: Sage Publications (Accepted for Publication).

Research papers published in Refereed/Peer Reviewed Journals

Zou, David Vumlallian. 2009. The Pasts of a Fringe Community: Ethno-history and Fluid Identity of the Zou in Manipur. Indian Historical Review. 36(2): 209-235.
Zou, David Vumlallian. 2005. Raiding the dreaded past: Representations of headhunting and human sacrifice in Northeast India. Contributions to Indian Sociology. 39(1): 75-105.
Zou, David Vumlallian. Indigenous tribal peoples: A historical study of the ‘Zo’ struggle. Economic & Political Weekly (Accepted for Publication).
Zou, David Vumlallian and M Satish Kumar. Mapping a colonial Frontier: Objectifying the “geo-body” of India’s Northeast. Journal of Asian Studies (Accepted for Publication).

Research papers published in Academic Journals other than Refereed/Peer Reviewed Journals

Zou, David Vumlallian. 2003. Colonial discourse and evangelical imagining on Northeast India. Religion and Society. 48(2): 57-93.

Other publications (Edited works/Books reviews/festschrift volumes etc.)

Books Reviews

Zou, David Vumlallian. 2005. Review of Picturing Place: Photography and the Geographical Imagination, by Joan M Schwartz and James Ryan. Social and Cultural Geography. 6(4): 634 - 636.

Edited Works

Zou, David Vumlallian. 2007. Prologue. In Zo Chronicle: A Documentary Study of the Chin-Kuki-Lushai People, ed. Khup Za Go. New Delhi: Mittal Publications.
Zou, David Vumlallian. Shifting Land Frontiers: A geographical history of British Assam. In Writing Northeast India (tentative title), ed. Neeladri Bhattacharya and Joy Pachuau. New Delhi: Permanent Black (Accepted for Publication).


Participation as Paper/Poster Presenter

Zou, David Vumlallian. 2009. Sisterhood and Gendered Literacy: Missionaries and Indigenous Women in colonial Mizoram. Paper presented at the Seminar Series of the North East India Studies Programme. November 27, 2009. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Zou, David Vumlallian. 2009. Images of the saheb: British Paternalism and Raj Nostalgia in India’s Northeast. Paper presented at the Manipur Research Forum, JNU. August 1, 2009. Centre for Philosophy, JNU, New Delhi.      

Zou, David Vumlallian. 2009. Mapping frontier history: The geo-body and enclavement of colonial Northeast India. Paper presented at the International conference on Writing the Northeast: New Perspectives. January 14 – 16, 2009. Centre for Historical Studies, JNU, New Delhi.  

Zou, David Vumlallian. 2008. Reading the open Book: Missionary Print as Hermeneutical and Material Texts. Paper presented at the International Seminar on Encounter and Interventions: History of Christian Missionary Endeavour in British Northeast India. March 17 - 18, 2008, Silchar. Organized by Assam University, ICSSR (New Delhi), ICHR (New Delhi), ICSSR-NER (Shillong) and Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK).

Awards and distinctions

2004 – 2006:   Awarded Academic Planning Grant (APG) PhD Scholarship (three years) Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Association with Professional Bodies


Member, Queen’s Postcolonial Research Forum (Belfast, Northern Ireland), 2004 – 2006.

Member, “Young Geographer” category membership [No. 656758 0f 2004] for Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers, 1 Kensington Gore, London, England, 2004 – 2005.

Member, Society for the History of Authorship, Readership & Publishing (SHARP), Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, 2004 - 2005.