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

Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History and Director, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies Workshop.  (BA, University of Delhi; M.A., D.Phil., University of Oxford.) Specialization : South Asian and African American history; colonial and postcolonial history; subaltern studies.

A founding member and leading theorist of the Subaltern Studies project, he has written extensively on marginality and citizenship, violence and history. He has lectured and 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, USA.

He has published extensively on questions of violence, nationalism, marginality and citizenship, as well as on the history of history-writing. 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). His most recent publication is an ambitious history of the African American and Dalit struggles, published by Cambridge University Press, New York, under the title, A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste and Difference in India and the USA (2013). He is currently working on a study of the autobiographical writings of Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker and Viola Andrews.

Three of his books have been 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’ on the occasion of the centenary of Oxford University Press in 2012.

Since 2006, Pandey has worked to develop a dialogue between historians and social scientists working on the North and the South. The initiative has led to two international, interdisciplinary workshops on the theme of ‘Subaltern Citizens and their Histories: Investigations from India and the USA’, held at Emory in 2006 and 2007; four one-day workshops on ‘Subalternity and Difference’, held in four different cities in India in August 2009; an invited panel on this theme at the American Historical Association conference in Boston 2010; a two day workshop on ‘Un-archived Histories’ held at Emory in February 2011; a specially edited guest issue of the postcolonial studies journal, Interventions (November 2008); and two major edited anthologies, Subaltern Citizens and their Histories: Investigations from India and the USA, and Subalternity and Difference: Investigations from the North and the South, published by Routledge in 2010 and 2011. A third edited collection, Un-archived Histories: the “Mad” and the “Trifling”, is forthcoming from Routledge in 2014.

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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