ABOUT Dr Pinto

Dr Sarah Pinto is a social historian who specialises in the history of colonial mental health institutions. She is the author of Lunatic Asylums in Colonial Bombay: Shackled Bodies, Unchained Minds (Cham, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Her research identifies the historical roots of the problems within India's mental health care system.


Using the case study of the Bombay Presidency, she identifies legacies of trauma and cultures of abuse that are endemic in mental hospitals even today.

Through her research, Dr Pinto intends to disrupt such legacies of trauma and enable new narratives in mental health care. Her  research accounts for the experiences of indigenous communities, families and patients, and is particularly useful for mental health professionals, policy makers and scholars.


If you would like to hear more about her research email her or book her  for a lecture. 

Dr Pinto works as a historian and academic coordinator at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 
Ph.D. (History), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
M.A. (History), University of Mumbai, India
B.A. (History), St. Xavier's College, India
British colonialism | colonial psychiatry | colonial Bombay | historical trauma |  indigenous-colonial relations and experiences | lunatic asylums |  Mental hospitals |  soul wounds 


© 2018 by Dr Sarah Ann Pinto