Gyanendra Pandey

Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor

Emory University

Gyanendra Pandey is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History at 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, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia and the United States. 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 works are A History of Prejudice: Race, Caste and Difference in India and the United States (2013); Routine Violence: Nations, Fragments, Histories (2006); The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India (rev. ed. 2006); and Remembering Partition: Violence, Nationalism and History in India (2001). Three of his monographs were brought together in The Gyanendra Pandey Omnibus, published in 2008; and one of them, The Construction of Communalism, was reissued as an “Oxford India Perennial” to mark the centenary of Oxford University Press in 2012.

Professor Pandey has been engaged in developing a dialogue between historians and social scientists working on the North and the South. Between 2006 and 2012, he organized a series of international, interdisciplinary workshops in India as well as at Emory University around questions of marginality, subalternity and difference, and unarchived histories. Publications following from the workshops include a specially edited guest issue of the postcolonial studies journal, Interventions (2008); and three major edited 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). His single-authored book, A History of Prejudice, may also be included as part of this initiative.

Pandey is currently working on two books, one dealing with the autobiographical writings of a Dalit family from western India and an African American family of the American South, the other a more theoretical statement on politics and democracy in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.