• Partha Chatterjee

    Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
    462 Schermerhorn Ext, Mail Code: 5523, United States



    I have recently completed two projects. The first, on global practices of empire since the 18th century, has resulted in the book The Black Hole of Empire (2012). The second, on popular politics in contemporary India led to the book Lineages of Political Society (2011). In addition, I was involved in two recent team projects. The first, a comparative study of democracy in India and the United States, resulted in the co-edited volume Anxieties of Democracy (2012), and the second, located in Calcutta on New Cultural Histories of India, from which a co-edited volume is to be published in early 2014. I have now begun work on two projects: one a philosophical-anthropological study of the concept of needs, and the second a field-based study of the curious absence of caste politics in contemporary Bengal. In addition, I have recently written extensive reflections on my association with Subaltern Studies.



    2012. The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power (Princeton University Press)

    2012. Edited with Ira Katznelson. Anxieties of Democracy: Tocquevillean Reflections on Democracy in India and the United States (Oxford University Press)

    2011. Lineages of Political Society (Columbia University Press)

    2010. Empire and Nation: Selected Essays 1985-2005 (Columbia University Press)

    2009. Edited. The Small Voice of History: The Collected Essays of Ranajit Guha (Permanent Black)

    2008. Edited with Raziuddin Aquil. History in the Vernacular (Permanent Black)

    2005. Praja o tantra [Subjects and System] (in Bengali) (Anustup)

    2004. The Politics of the Governed (Columbia University Press ). Translated into Turkish, Italian, French and Chinese.

    2002. A Princely Impostor? The Strange and Universal History of the Kumar of Bhawal (Princeton University Press)

    2000. Itihaser uttaradhikar [The Legacy of History] (in Bengali) (Ananda)

    1999. The Partha Chatterjee Omnibus (Oxford University Press)

    1997. A Possible India: Essays in Political Criticism (Oxford University Press)

    1997. The Present History of West Bengal: Essays in Political Criticism (Oxford University Press)

    1993. The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories (Princeton University Press). Translated into Turkish.

    1986. Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World: A Derivative Discourse? (Zed Books; University of Minnesota Press). Translated into Turkish, Arabic and Hebrew.

    1984 (revised 2012). Bengal 1920-1947: The Land Question (K.P. Bagchi)