Dr. Rajive Tiwari

Dr. Rajive Tiwari
Dr. Rajive Tiwari
Physical Sciences

Meet Dr. Rajive Tiwari

Brings over 26 years of teaching undergraduate physics to his role as a professor and as the Coordinator of the Physics-Mathematics Minor. Recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award.

Publishing research on the intersection of science, religion and politics in colonial and postcolonial India.

“I feel indebted to all my teachers for the knowledge they have provided me. For me, teaching, passing on that knowledge, is a way of paying back that debt in my own small way.”

Examples of the classes taught by Dr. Rajive Tiwari:
  • Taught Modern Physics, General Physics, College Algebra, and Trigonometry
  • Co-taught the Honors Institute Senior Seminar on Modernity
  • Committee Work: Academic Affairs, Professional Affairs, Great Books, Core Assessment, Honors Institute Seminar, Faculty Welfare
  • Ph.D. in Physics/ Rutgers University
  • M.S. in Physics/ Rutgers University
  • B.Sc. in Physics/St. Stephens College, Delhi University


  • “Anatomy of Reception: Science, Nation and Religion in Hindi-Language Print Media of Colonial South Asia” in Science and Empire: Knowledge and Networks of Science across the British Empire, 1800–1970, Edited By Brett Bennett and Joseph Hodge, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
  •  Dictionary of Physics (in Hindi), National Publishing House, Delhi 2006
  •  “A Transnarrative for the Colony: Astronomy Education and Religion in 19th Century India”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XLI, No 13, April 1 -7, 2006
  •  “Carrying the Magic Lantern: Fr. Lafont and Scientific Autonomy in Colonial India”, Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal, Winter, 2004
  •  “Phase Diagram of 3He–4He Mixture Films”, with W. I. Glaberson Physical Review B, Vol. 42, No. 4, 1990
  •  “Apples But Also Oranges” in the Belmont Abbey College magazine, Crossroads, Fall/Winter 2007
  •  Editorial Assistant – “How Do You Say It In English: A Hindi-English Dictionary of Idioms and Proverbs”, New Delhi, 1997


Conference Presentations

  • “Faithful Translations: Religion and the Encounter with Western Science in Colonial India”, International Research Network for the Study of Science & Belief in Society, 4-6 July, 2019, University of Birmingham, UK
  • “Through the Looking Glass of Print Media: Popular Reflections on Science, Nationalism and Religion in 19th-Century India” at “Science in Public: Past, Present and Future” conference held at University of Kent, Canterbury, 13-15 July 2016
  • “Science, modernity and religion in colonial India”, Being Modern: Science and Culture in the early 20th century, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 22-24 April 2015
  •  “Popular Perceptions of Western Science in Nineteenth-Century India”, Intellectual Hinterlands Conference of the International Society for Intellectual History, University of Toronto, June 25-27, 2014
  •  “Meaning of Science and the Social Context: Case of 19th Century India” AAPT Summer Meeting, Portland, Oregon, July 16, 2013
  •  “Meaning of Science and the Social Context: The Case of Nineteenth-Century India”, NCS-AAPT, UNC Asheville, November 2011
  •  “Western Science in Late 19th-Early 20th Century Hindi-Language Print Media”, at the International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Budapest, Hungary, 2009
  •  “Western Science in Late 19th-Early 20th Century Hindi-Language Print Media”, at the 3 Societies Meeting, Oxford University, UK, July 2008
  •  “Astronomy education and religion in colonial India” at the joint conference of History of Science Society, Philosophy of Science Society and Society for Social Studies of Science, November 1 – 5, 2006, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  •  “Science, Religion and Nation in 19th Century Hindi Magazines”, National Institute of Science, Technology and Development, New Delhi, India; July 2008.
  •  “Physics Education, Religion and Colonialism in 19th Century India” at the Fall meeting of NCS-AAPT at Elon University; September 29-30, 2006
  • “Repainting the Heavens: Astronomy Education and Religion in Colonial India”, 22nd International Congress of History of Science at Beijing, China, July 2005
  • “Eugene Lafont: An Early Physics Educator in Colonial India”, Summer 2004 meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers at California State University, Sacramento.
  • “Fr. Eugene Lafont: A Pioneer of Physics Education in Colonial India”, Fall 2003 meeting of NCS-AAPT in Wilmington, NC
  • “Making of a Physics Dictionary in Hindi”, Fall 2002 meeting of NCS-AAPT at UNC-Asheville
  • Presented a workshop on Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon for faculty at Belmont Abbey College under the Great Books program
  • Formal and informal talks for faculty and students on topics ranging from physics of skydiving to development of English language in India

Low temperature physics and the study of how science, religion and politics mutually interacted in colonial and postcolonial India

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