Arunabh Ghosh

Assistant Professor of History

Harvard University

Arunabh Ghosh is a historian of modern China, with research and teaching interests that span the social, economic, and intellectual histories of twentieth century China, transnational histories of science and statecraft, and Sino-Indian history.

Ghosh’s current in-progress book manuscript investigates how the early PRC state built statistical capacity to know the nation through numbers. He has conducted research for this project in Beijing, Guangzhou, New Delhi, and Kolkata, and his work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and Columbia University. Ghosh is additionally interested in applying digital methods, in particular text mining and bibliometric analysis, to the study of the early People’s Republic.  To that end, he has been involved with the Fairbank Center’s Digital China Initiative (DCI) and is also collaborating on a couple of projects with recent An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow, Paul Vierthaler. Future research projects include a history of dam construction in twentieth century China and a series of essays on 1950s China-India history.

During the 2015-16 AY, Ghosh will offer two seminars, both in the Fall: a graduate pro-seminar on twentieth century Chinese history, and a conference that will investigate various large-scale technological and social engineering projects in post-imperial China. In the Spring semester, Ghosh will teach a lecture course on twentieth century China. 

Trained at Haverford College and at Tsinghua and Columbia universities, Ghosh joined the History Department from the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, where he was an Academy Scholar for the 2014-15 AY.