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Prasenjit Duara CV

Oscar L. Tang Family Distinguished Professor of East Asian Studies
PO Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708
212A Classroom Building, Durham, NC 27708


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, TheCrisis 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.

Office Hours

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

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Oscar L. Tang Family Distinguished Professor of East Asian Studies · 2016 - Present History, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor in the Department of History · 2016 - Present History, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Director of the Asian | Pacific Studies Institute · 2023 - Present Asian Pacific Studies Institute, Office of Global Affairs

Education, Training & Certifications

Harvard University · 1983 Ph.D.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) · 1974 M.Phil.
University of Delhi (India) · 1972 M.A.
University of Delhi (India) · 1970 B.A.