Gyanendra Pandey

Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor

Department of History

Office: Bowden 325

Phone: (404) 727-0794



Gyanendra Pandey (B.A. Hons, University of Delhi; D.Phil., University of Oxford)
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, and Director, Interdisciplinary Workshop on Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Emory University.

Areas of specialization: colonial and post-colonial history; subaltern and minority histories; decolonization and democracy; historiography; South Asia; United States

Pandey was trained at the University of Delhi, India and the University of Oxford, U.K., where he held a Rhodes Scholarship and Nuffield College graduate scholarship, before taking up a research and teaching fellowship for four years. Since then, he has held tenured appointments at leading universities and research institutions in India, UK and the USA, and been a visiting professor in Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, UK and USA. Before moving to Emory, he taught at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata; the University of Delhi; and the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

A founding member and leading theorist of the Subaltern Studies project, Pandey has written extensively on colonial and postcolonial South Asia, nationalism and minorities, civil rights and democracy, and the history of history-writing. Among his single-authored books are A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste and Difference in India and the USA (2013); 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). Three of his monographs are collected in The Gyanendra Pandey Omnibus (2008); and The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India was re-issued as an ‘Oxford India Perennial’ to mark the centenary of Oxford University Press in 2012.

At Emory, Pandey has been active in developing a dialogue between historians and social scientists working on the global North and South. Between 2006 and 2012, he organized a series of international, inter-disciplinary workshops, at Emory and in India, around questions of subalternity and difference, unarchived histories and the promise of democracy. Publications from the workshops include a specially edited guest issue of the postcolonial studies journal, Interventions (2008); and three major anthologies, Subaltern Citizens and their Histories: Investigations from India and the USA (2010), Subalternity and Difference: Investigations from the North and the South (2011), and Un-archived Histories: the “Mad” and the “Trifling” (2014).

Pandey is currently working on two books: one, a comparative study of the practice of democracy, past and present; the second, a history of 20th century India as seen from the location of family and home. Ongoing collaborative research and public intellectual projects include investigations of subaltern citizens and their histories; politics and democracy in our time; and the future of America.

Curriculum Vitae

Select Talks

Race, Caste, and Difference in India and the United States (Emory University, 2013)

Modern Prejudice: Vernacular and Universal (Brown University, 2013)

Subaltern People Conference (Duke University 2014)

A Politics of indifference: Nationalism and Development in the Postcolony (University of Hyderabad, 2015)

SACPAN Unarchived Histories: Men, Home and India’s Anti-Colonial Struggle (University of British Columbia, 2018)


  • African-American history
  • Colonial and postcolonial history
  • Subaltern studies
  • South Asia