The Passing of Professor Satadru Sen
It is with a profound sense of loss that The Graduate Center’s history program announces the passing of Professor Satadru Sen (GC/Queens, History) on Monday, October 8. An expert in South Asian history, he joined The Graduate Center faculty in 2011. His scholarship was his passion; through it he sought to expose the inequities and hypocrisies wrought by colonial regimes in South Asia and in the Indian Ocean world. His research ranged from the institutionalization of discipline and punishment to the global celebrity of a cricketer-turned-politician and its implications for understanding the experiences of subjects in imperial contexts.
Sen’s five single-authored monographs include Disciplining Punishment: Colonialism and Convict Society in the Andaman Islands (Oxford University Press, 2000); Migrant Races: Empire, Identity and K.S. Ranjitsinhji (Manchester University Press, 2005); Colonial Childhoods: The Juvenile Periphery of India, 1860-1945 (Anthem Press, 2005); Savagery and Colonialism in the Indian Ocean: Power, Pleasure and the Andaman Islanders (Routledge, 2010); and Restoring the Nation to the World: Benoy Kumar Sarkar and Modern India (Routledge, 2015). In addition to these are two collections of essays and one co-edited volume.
We will dearly miss Satadru’s dedication to promising students, his penchant for activism of an intellectual stripe, and his sense of humor, however mordant.
He is survived by his wife Amanda, his daughters Mira and Leila, scores of fellow historians, and thousands of edified readers.
A visitation and remembrance will take place on Friday, October 12 at 4:00 p.m. at Delehanty Funeral Home in Wappingers Falls, New York.
Submitted on: OCT 10, 2018