Prasenjit Duara, Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of East Asian Studies

Prasenjit Duara

Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University. He was born and educated in India and received his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University. He was previously Professor and Chair of the Dept of History and Chair of the Committee on Chinese Studies at the University of Chicago (1991-2008). Subsequently, he became Raffles Professor of Humanities and Director, Asia Research Institute at National University of Singapore (2008-2015).

In 1988, he published Culture, Power and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 (Stanford Univ Press) which won the Fairbank Prize of the AHA and the Levenson Prize of the AAS, USA. Among his other books are Rescuing History from the Nation (U Chicago 1995), Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern (Rowman 2003) and most recently, The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future  (Cambridge 2014). He has edited Decolonization: Now and Then (Routledge, 2004) and co-edited A Companion to Global Historical Thought with Viren Murthy and  Andrew Sartori (John Wiley, 2014). His work has been widely translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and the European languages.

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Usually Tuesdays 2-4 pm; but please make an email appointment to see me ahead of time.  Carr 212A
Recent Publications

  1. Duara, P, Afterword: The Chinese World Order as a Language Game—David Kang’s East Asia before the West and Its Commentaries, Harvard journal of Asiatic studies, vol. 77 no. 1 (2017), pp. 123-129 [doi]
  2. Duara, P, The temporal analytics of nationalism, Nations and Nationalism, vol. 22 no. 3 (July, 2016), pp. 419-423
  3. Carlson, AR; Costa, A; Duara, P; Leibold, J; Carrico, K; Gries, PH; Eto, N; Zhao, S; Weiss, JC, Nations and Nationalism roundtable discussion on Chinese nationalism and national identity, Nations and Nationalism, vol. 22 no. 3 (July, 2016), pp. 415-446 [doi]
  4. Duara, P, Grounds for Difference, American Historical Review, vol. 121 no. 3 (June, 2016), pp. 907-908 [doi]
  5. Duara, P, The Great Leap Forward in China: An Analysis of the Nature of Socialist Transformation, Economic and Political Weekly: a journal of current economic and political affairs (March, 2016), Economic & Political Weekly, ISSN 0012-9976