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Prasenjit Duara, Oscar L. Tang Family Distinguished 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.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  212A Classroom Building, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3014
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:  https://history.duke.edu/people/prasenjit-duara

Teaching (Spring 2024):

    Class Bldg 229, W 01:40 PM-04:10 PM
Office Hours:

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

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Duara, P, Oceans, Gardens, and Jungles: World Politics and the Planet, Duke Global Working Paper Series no. 46 (April, 2022)
  2. Duara, P, Oceans as the Paradigm of History, Theory, Culture and Society, vol. 38 no. 7-8 (December, 2021), pp. 143-166 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Duara, P, The Ernest Gellner Nationalism Lecture: Nationalism and the crises of global modernity, Nations and Nationalism, vol. 27 no. 3 (July, 2021), pp. 610-622 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Duara, P, Presidential Address: The Art of Convergent Comparison-Case Studies from China and India, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 79 no. 4 (November, 2020), pp. 841-864 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Duara, P, Book review: China and the West: Crossroads of Civilisation, China Information, vol. 33 no. 3 (November, 2019), pp. 375-377, SAGE Publications [doi]

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