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Gyanendra Pandey

Guest of the Principal, SCAS.
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History, and Director, Interdisciplinary Workshop on
Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Emory University, Atlanta

Gyan Pandey was trained at the University of Delhi and the University of Oxford, where he held
a Rhodes Scholarship and Nuffield College Graduate Scholarship, before taking up a research and
teaching fellowship for four years. Prior to Emory, he was at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences,
Kolkata; the University of Delhi; and the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He has also been a visit-
ing professor at several other institutions in Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, UK and USA.

A founding member and leading theorist of the Subaltern Studies project, Pandey has written extensively
on colonial and postcolonial conditions – nationalism and minorities, civil rights and democracy, and the
history of history-writing, with a focus on South Asia and more recently the United States. Among his
major single-authored books are A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste and Difference in India and the
United States
(2013); Routine Violence: Nations, Fragments, Histories (2006); The Construction of
Communalism in Colonial North India
(rev. ed. 2006); and Remembering Partition: Violence, Nation-
alism and History in India
(2001). He is also editor of three major anthologies, Subaltern Citizens and
their Histories: Investigations from India and the USA
(2010), Subalternity and Difference: Investiga-
tions from the North and the South
(2011), and Unarchived Histories: the “Mad” and the “Trifling”
in the Colonial and Postcolonial World (

Pandey is currently working on two books: one, a comparative study of the practice of democracy,
past and present; the second, a history of modern India as seen from the location of family and home.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2020-21.