Ph.D., The University of Chicago, History, 2012
M.A., The University of Chicago, Social Sciences, 2005
B.A., Oberlin College, History (honors) and English, 2004
International Baccalaureate, The Mahindra United World College of India, 2000
I teach introductory surveys on medieval and early modern, and modern South Asian history, more thematically focussed courses on caste in modern South Asian history, Indian nationalism, Subaltern Studies, as well as the History department's historiographical requirement, Writing the Past. I hope to offer courses on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, British colonialism in India, decolonization in the 20th century, and postcolonial South Asia in forthcoming semesters. My principal pedagogical objective is to invite my students to enter into the historical and historiographical debates that define the South Asian past so as to support and enrich their efforts to articulate their own scholarly positions and interventions.
My immediate research interests concern the depoliticization of caste in Bengal over the cusp of India’s Partition and independence in 1947. In this regard, my book-manuscript, titled “The Decline of the Caste Question: Jogendranath Mandal and the Marginalization of Dalit Politics in Bengal” examines the political career of a remarkably forgotten Dalit leader, in an attempt to explain the puzzling sublation of caste politics during this tumultuous period in modern South Asia’s past.
Broadly construed, I remain interested in the formation and development of caste and religious identities and movements; the political, social, and intellectual history of modern Bengal and South Asia; social and political theory, and historiography.
Select recent publications have appeared in The Indian Economic and Social History Review, History Compass, and Modern Asian Studies, and can be accessed using the following link: https://amherst.academia.edu/DwaipayanSen