Prasenjit Duara

Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of East Asian Studies

External address: 
212A Carr Building, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Office hours: 

Usually Tuesdays 2-4 pm; but please make an email appointment to see me ahead of time.  Carr 212A


Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University. He was born and educated in India and received his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University. He was previously Professor and Chair of the Dept of History and Chair of the Committee on Chinese Studies at the University of Chicago (1991-2008). Subsequently, he became Raffles Professor of Humanities and Director, Asia Research Institute at National University of Singapore (2008-2015).

In 1988, he published Culture, Power and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 (Stanford Univ Press) which won the Fairbank Prize of the AHA and the Levenson Prize of the AAS, USA. Among his other books are Rescuing History from the Nation (U Chicago 1995), Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern (Rowman 2003) and most recently, The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future  (Cambridge 2014). He has edited Decolonization: Now and Then (Routledge, 2004) and co-edited A Companion to Global Historical Thought with Viren Murthy and  Andrew Sartori (John Wiley, 2014). His work has been widely translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and the European languages.

Duara, P. The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian traditions and a sustainable future. Cambridge University Press, January 1, 2015. (Monograph) Full Text

Duara, P. Rescuing History from the Nation Questioning Narratives of Modern China. University of Chicago Press, November 20, 1996.

Duara, P. "Foreword." May 20, 2014.

Duara, P. "Hong Kong and the new imperialism in East Asia, 1941-66." In Twentieth-Century Colonialism and China: Localities, the Everyday and the World, 197-211. December 1, 2012. Full Text

Duara, P. "Modern Imperialism." In The Oxford Handbook of World History. September 18, 2012. Full Text

Duara, P. "Between empire and nation: Settler colonialism in Manchukuo." In Settler Colonialism in the Twentieth Century: Projects, Practices, Legacies, 59-78. January 1, 2012. Full Text

Duara, P. "Concluding remarks." In Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang and the 1911 Revolution, 313-318. December 1, 2011.

Duara, P. "Chinese reforms in historical and comparative perspective." In Reform and Development in China: What Can China Offer the Developing World, 71-81. August 13, 2010. Full Text

Duara, P. "The historical roots and character of secularism in China." In China and International Relations: The Chinese View and the Contribution of Wang Gungwu, 58-71. August 3, 2010. Full Text

Duara, P. "Between sovereignty and capitalism:The historical experiences of migrant Chinese." In Diasporic Histories: Cultural Archives of Chinese Transnationalism, 95-109. December 1, 2009.

Duara, P. "Religion and citizenship in China and the diaspora." In Chinese Religiosities: Afflictions of Modernity and State Formation, 43-64. November 4, 2008.

Duara, P. "Historical consciousness and national identity." In The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture, 46-67. January 1, 2008. Full Text


Duara, P. "The temporal analytics of nationalism." NATIONS AND NATIONALISM 22, no. 3 (July 2016): 419-423. Open Access Copy

Duara, P. "Grounds for Difference." AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 121, no. 3 (June 2016): 907-908. Full Text

Duara, P. "A Tale of Two Chinas." Development and Change 46, no. 3 (May 2015): 562-569. Full Text

Duara, P. "China's Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower." DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE 46, no. 3 (May 2015): 562-569.

Duara, P. "Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development." DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE 46, no. 3 (May 2015): 562-569. Open Access Copy

Duara, P. "Culture and History in Post-Revolutionary China: The Perspective of Global Modernity." JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES 72, no. 2 (May 2013): 440-441. Full Text

Duara, P. "History and competition of the times: The case of East Asia." Vingtieme Siecle: Revue d'Histoire 117, no. 1 (March 25, 2013): 27-41. (Review) Full Text

Duara, P. "THE POLITICS OF IMAGINING ASIA." PACIFIC AFFAIRS 85, no. 2 (June 2012): 377-379.

Duara, P. "Migration and Diaspora in Modern Asia." JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES 71, no. 2 (May 2012): 499-501. Full Text

Duara, P. "Strange parallels: Southeast Asia in global context, c. 800-1830, vol 2." JOURNAL OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES 43, no. 1 (February 2012): 181-184. Full Text