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  Sucheta MazumdarContact Info:
Office Location:  305 Classroom Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3014
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Teaching (Spring 2023):

    Class Bldg 240, TuTh 01:45 PM-03:00 PM

  • Ph.D. University of California - Los Angeles 1984
  • MA University of California, Los Angeles 1977
  • BA University of California, Los Angeles 1974


African, Middle East and Asia
Global Transnational History
Women, Gender and Sexuality
Global and Comparative
Research Interests: China and capitalism, consumption and commodity production, transnational circulations of ideas about race, ethnicity and gender.

Current projects: opium, slave, global , trade

Grounded primarily in Chinese history, and secondarily in Indian history, I am excited by the intellectual challenges of writing and teaching comparative global history. Two broad questions frame my research agenda: the radical transformation of circuits of consumption and commodity production that underlie capitalist development, and the politics of this globalization as evidenced in the transnational circulation of ideas about race, and gender. My monograph, "Sugar and Society in China: Peasants, Technology and the World Market (Harvard, 1998), Chinese translation Guangdong renmin chubanshe, 2009) explored the limits to economic breakthrough to capitalist production in the Qing era, by focusing on a quintessential global commodity and investigating the distinctive technological and social trajectories of China, India, and the Americas. I am currently completing a monograph "From the Slave Trade to the Opium Rush: China-America Trade in the Making of the Global World," exploring the connections between American Atlantic slave traders and the India-China trade including the opium trade. In three edited volumes: "Making Waves Writings By and About Asian American Women" (Beacon Press, 1989) and "Antinomies of Modernity, Essays on Race, Orientalism and Nation" (Duke University Press, 2003, Tulika Press Indian edition, 2003), and "From Orientalism to Postcolonialism: Asia-Europe and the Lineages of Difference" (Routledge, 2009) I have focused on the identity politics of race and gender in the Chinese and Indian diaspora, and the making of civilizational discourse-based identity politics. I was the co-founder and co-editor with Vasant Kaiwar of two international interdisciplinary journals in the social sciences and humanities, "South Asia Bulletin" (1981-1991) and "Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East" [CSSAAME], 1992-2001.

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 [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 [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 [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 [doi].


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