Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor, History
Phone: (404) 727-0794
Office: Bowden 325

Gyanendra Pandey (BA, University of Delhi; M.A., D.Phil., University of Oxford) Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, and Director, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies Workshop, Department of History, Emory University.

A founding member and leading theorist of the Subaltern Studies project, he has written extensively on marginality and citizenship, violence, and the history of history-writing. He has held teaching and visiting appointments at universities and research institutions in India, UK, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia and the USA. Before moving to Emory, he taught for many years at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata; the University of Delhi; and the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

Among the best known of his single-authored books are Routine Violence: Nations, Fragments, Histories (2006); The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India (rev. ed. 2006); The Ascendancy of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh: Class, Community and Nation in Northern India, 1920-1940 (rev. ed. 2002); and Remembering Partition: Violence, Nationalism and History in India (2001). He has recently completed an ambitious history of the African American and Dalit struggles, A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste and Difference in India and the USA (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013); and is currently working on a study of the autobiographical writings of Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker and Viola Andrews. Three of his books were brought together in The Gyanendra Pandey Omnibus, published in 2008; and one of them, The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India, has been reissued as an “Oxford India Perennial” to mark the centenary of Oxford University Press in 2012.

My Curriculum Vitae


  • BA, University of Delhi, 1969.
  • DPhil, University of Oxford, 1975.


  • Colonial and postcolonial history
  • Subaltern studies
  • South Asia

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