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Manu Bhagavan
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Hunter College
Phone: 212-772-5482
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Research Interests: 20th-century India; intellectual history; human rights; constitutional history; postcolonial studies
Teaching Interests

Modern South Asian history, human rights, intellectual

Broad Areas of Dissertation Supervision

South Asia, Human Rights, (Inter)Nationalism, Intellectual, Postcolonial

Life and thought of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit:- University of Oxford podcast on forthcoming biograrphy of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, one of the most influential women of the 20thc.India,  21 Apr 2020

Selected Publications


Woman of the World: Madam Pandit, India, and the Global Stage. Commissioned by Penguin Random House India, Penguin/Viking Imprint (under contract)
India and the Cold War (edited).  In progress.  Under agreement with UNC Press Global Cold War Series, edited by Odd Arne Westad. Target manuscript submission date: June 2017.
Hidden Histories: Religion and Reform in South Asia (edited, with Syed Akbar Hyder), Forthcoming from Primus Books, tentative release scheduled for July 2017.

The Peacemakers: India and the Quest for One World. HarperCollins India, February 2012. Palgrave Macmillan, 9/13/2013.


Heterotopias: Nationalism and the Possibility of History in South Asia. Edited. Oxford University Press,

Speaking Truth to Power: Religion, Caste, and the Subaltern Question in India. Co-edited with Anne Feldhaus. Oxford University Press, 2008. Published in paperback, July 2009. Second printing, May 2010.

Claiming Power from Below: Dalits and the Subaltern Question in India. Co-edited with Anne Feldhaus. Oxford University Press, 2008. Published in paperback, July 2009

Sovereign Spheres: Princes, Education, and Empire in Colonial India. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Select Articles

“Reflections on Indian Internationalism and a Postnational Global Order: A response to Partha Chatterjee.”  Invited contribution.  Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  Forthcoming in issue 37.2, 2017.
“The Hand and the Fist: Human Rights and State Power in India.” Invited contribution, in Atul Thakur, India: Now & In Transition (Niyogi Books, forthcoming July 2017).

"Princely States and the Making of Modern India: Internationalism, Constitutionalism and the Postcolonial Moment." In The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 46(3), September 2009: 427-456.

"A New Hope: India, the United Nations and the Making of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." Modern Asian Studies, 44(2), March 2010: 311-347. Also published in MAS online 13 June 2008. Copyright Cambridge University Press.

"Princely States and the Hindu Imaginary: Exploring the Cartography of Hindu Nationalism in Colonial India." The Journal of Asian Studies, 67(3), August 2008: 881-915. Also published online 23 July 2008. Copyright Cambridge University Press.

"The Hindutva Underground: Hindu Nationalism and the Indian National Congress in Late Colonial and Early Postcolonial India." In The Economic and Political Weekly, Special Article, 13 September 2008: 39-48.