Sucheta Mazumdar
  • Sucheta Mazumdar

  • Associate Professor
  • History
  • 305 Carr Building
  • Campus Box 90719
  • Phone: (919) 684-5490, (919) 684-2343
  • Fax: (919) 681-7670
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Other

    Duke Today
  • Specialties

    • African, Middle East and Asia
    • Gender
    • Global Transnational History
    • Women, Gender and Sexuality
    • Global and Comparative
  • Research Summary

    China and capitalism, consumption and commodity production, transnational circulations of ideas about race, ethnicity and gender.
  • Research Description

    Grounded primarily in Chinese history, and secondarily in Indian history, I am excited by the intellectual challenges of writing and teaching comparative global history. Two broad questions frame my research agenda: the radical transformation of circuits of consumption and commodity production that underlie capitalist development, and the politics of this globalization as evidenced in the transnational circulation of ideas about race, and gender. My monograph, "Sugar and Society in China: Peasants, Technology and the World Market (Harvard, 1998), Chinese translation Guangdong renmin chubanshe, 2009) explored the limits to economic breakthrough to capitalist production in the Qing era, by focusing on a quintessential global commodity and investigating the distinctive technological and social trajectories of China, India, and the Americas. I am currently completing a monograph "From the Slave Trade to the Opium Rush: China-America Trade in the Making of the Global World," exploring the connections between American Atlantic slave traders and the India-China trade including the opium trade. In three edited volumes: "Making Waves Writings By and About Asian American Women" (Beacon Press, 1989) and "Antinomies of Modernity, Essays on Race, Orientalism and Nation" (Duke University Press, 2003, Tulika Press Indian edition, 2003), and "From Orientalism to Postcolonialism: Asia-Europe and the Lineages of Difference" (Routledge, 2009) I have focused on the identity politics of race and gender in the Chinese and Indian diaspora, and the making of civilizational discourse-based identity politics. I was the co-founder and co-editor with Vasant Kaiwar of two international interdisciplinary journals in the social sciences and humanities, "South Asia Bulletin" (1981-1991) and "Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East" [CSSAAME], 1992-2001.
  • Current Projects

    opium, slave, global , trade
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • University of California, Los Angeles,
      • 1984
      • MA,
      • University of California, Los Angeles,
      • 1977
      • BA,
      • University of California, Los Angeles,
      • 1974
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Blue Ribbon Diversity Award,,
      • December 2009
  • Recent Publications

      • Sucheta Mazumdar.
      • Locating China in Global History: Politics and Paradigms from the Cold War to the Beijing Olympics.
      • 2012.
      Publication Description

      "Locating China in Global History: Politics and Paradigms from the Cold War to the Beijing Olympics" Intellectual and political history of categories of knowledge production focusing on the fundamental shifts in the historiography of capitalism and the civilizational model of world history fostered by the emergence of China as a communist state and now global superpower. Anticipated date of completion: 2013.

      • Sucheta Mazumdar.
      • "“The Race of Civilizations in the Age of Globalization: The Chindia Problematic”."
      • Nationalism and Imperialism in South and Southeast Asia: Essays in Honour of Damodar R. SarDesai.
      • Ed. Roger Long and Arnold Kaminski eds..
      • New Delhi:
      • Manohar Publishers,,
      • Accepted, 2012.
      Publication Description

      The dual face of globalization is made up of on one side with the trend towards economic integration, the internet, and free-floating capital, and cultural-political racial neo-nationalisms and the fencing off of borders on the other. How has this dual dynamic of globalization and neo-nationalism played out in Asia? I explore aspects of this question with special reference to China and India, for no other dimension of the impact of globalization in Asia matches that of the impact of China’s arrival as a global capitalist superpower under the hegemony of the Communist Party.

      • Sucheta Mazumdar.
      • 1. From Orientalism to Postcolonialism: Asia-Europe and the Lineages of Difference Sucheta Mazumdar, Vasant Kaiwar and Thierry Labica eds., (Routledge, UK, 2009).
      • 2009.
      • Sucheta Mazumdar.
      • 2. Zhongguo: Tangye yu shehui (nongmin, jishu he shijie shichang (Guangdong Renmin chubanshe, 2009).
      • 2009.
      • Sucheta Mazumdar.
      • "Empire and Migration: The Making of a Transnational World” essay entry for Akira Iriye and Pierre-Yves Saunier eds., Dictionary of Transnational History, (Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2009) pp. 319-325.."
      • 2009.
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  • PhD Students

    • Nilanjana Dutta
      • 2009
      • Status: Graduated
      • Thesis: “Scott of Bengal: Examining the European Legacy in the Historical Novels of Bankimchandra Chatterjee”
  • Teaching

    • HISTORY 183S.01
      • Carr 136
      • W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
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