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Sucheta Mazumdar, Associate Professor, History

Sucheta Mazumdar
Contact Info:
Office Location:  327 Carr Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3014
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2023):

    Class Bldg 240, TuTh 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 207.01, MEDREN 135.01, RELIGION 181.01)

Ph.D.University of California - Los Angeles1984
MAUniversity of California, Los Angeles1977
BAUniversity of California, Los Angeles1974

African, Middle East and Asia
Global Transnational History
Women, Gender and Sexuality
Global and Comparative
Research Interests:

Sucheta Mazumdar's primary areas of teaching are Chinese history and Asian American history. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA and her area of specialization is southern China focusing on Guangdong and Taiwan in the late imperial period. Her publications include: Sugar and Society in China: Peasants, Technology and the World Market (Harvard University Press, 1998), now being translated into Chinese as Tang yu Zhongguo shehui: Nongmin, Jishu he Shijie Shichang, (forthcoming from Guangdong shehui kexueyuan and Daoxiang qubanshe in 2005). A socio-economic historian, she is particularly interested in the global movement of commodities and peoples and her work explores the connections between the global and the local through a study of the transformation of material culture. She is currently completing a monograph on Chinese American trading networks prior to the Opium War. Sucheta Mazumdar also has a very strong interest in Women's Studies and Comparative Asian history. She was one of the editors of Making Waves: An Anthology by and About Asian American Women (Beacon Press, 1989), which received the Outstanding Book of the Year Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Mazumdar has served as the associate director for the Institute for Research on Women at the State University of New York, Albany. She is working on a longer term project on the global history of women that is to be published by W.W Norton and Harper Collins. Mazumdar's strong interest in comparative Asian history led her to found in 1981 and co-edit until 2001, with Vasant Kaiwar, an interdisciplinary journal in the social sciences and humanities, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East [CSSAAME]published by Duke University Press. CSSAAME has consistently sought to go beyond the boundaries of area studies scholarship that has shaped the paradigms of knowledge production. Her most recent publication, with Vasant Kaiwar, includes Antinomies of Modernity: Essays on Race, Orient, Nation (Duke University Press, 2003).


Asia • China • Asian American • Taiwan • History • Socioeconomics

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Nilanjana Dutta  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Mazumdar, S, The Race of Civilizations in the Age of Globalization: The Chindia Problematic, in Nationalism and Imperialism in South and Southeast Asia: Essays in Honour of Damodar R. SarDesai, edited by Long, R; Kaminski, A (2012), Manohar Publishers, New Delhi  [abs]
  2. Mazumdar, S, Locating China in Global History: Politics and Paradigms from the Cold War to the Beijing Olympics (2012)  [abs]
  3. Mazumdar, S; Kaiwar, V; Labica, T, From Orientalism to Postcolonialism: Asia, Europe and the lineages of difference, From Orientalism to Postcolonialism: Asia, Europe and the Lineages of Difference, vol. 9780203872314 (September, 2009), pp. 1-244, Routledge, ISBN 0203872312 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Mazumdar, S; Kaiwar, V; Labica, T, Introduction: From Orientalism to Postcolonialism: Asia, Europe and the lineages of difference (September, 2009), pp. 1-15, ISBN 0203872312 [doi]
  5. Mazumdar, S, Locating China, positioning America: Politics of the civilizational model of world history, in From Orientalism to Postcolonialism: Asia, Europe and the Lineages of Difference (September, 2009), pp. 43-81, ISBN 0203872312 [doi]