Prasenjit Duara

Prasenjit Duara

Oscar L. Tang Family Distinguished Professor of East Asian Studies

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. “Circulatory and competitive histories.” In China, India and Alternative Asian Modernities, 18–41, 2019. Full Text

Ambrus, Árpád, and Denis Hamilton. “Foreword.,” 53:341–42, 2018. Full Text

Duara, P. “Decolonization and its legacy.” In The Cambridge World History, 395–419, 2015. Full Text

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, 2012. Full Text

Duara, P. “Modern Imperialism.” In The Oxford Handbook of World History, 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, 2012. Full Text

Duara, P. “Concluding remarks.” In Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang and the 1911 Revolution, 313–18, 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, 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, 2010. Full Text

Duara, P. “An east Asian perspective on religion and secularism.” In State and Secularism: Perspectives from Asia, 1–6, 2010. Full Text


Duara, Prasenjit. “Book review: China and the West: Crossroads of Civilisation.” China Information 33, no. 3 (November 2019): 375–77. Full Text

Duara, P. “Time and tide wait for no man: A response to warwick anderson and michael m. j. fischer.” East Asian Science, Technology and Society 12, no. 4 (December 1, 2018): 541–47. Full Text

Carlson, A. R., A. Costa, P. Duara, J. Leibold, K. Carrico, P. H. Gries, N. Eto, S. Zhao, and J. C. Weiss. “Nations and Nationalism roundtable discussion on Chinese nationalism and national identity.” Nations and Nationalism 22, no. 3 (July 1, 2016): 415–46. Full Text Open Access Copy

Duara, Prasenjit. “The temporal analytics of nationalism.” Nations and Nationalism 22, no. 3 (July 1, 2016): 419–23. Open Access Copy

Duara, Prasenjit. “Rogers Brubaker.Grounds for Difference.The American Historical Review 121, no. 3 (June 2016): 907–8. Full Text

Duara, Prasenjit. “China's Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower.” Development and Change 46, no. 3 (May 1, 2015): 562–69.

Duara, Prasenjit. “Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development.” Development and Change 46, no. 3 (May 1, 2015): 562–69. Open Access Copy

Duara, P. “The Agenda of Asian Studies and Digital Media in the Anthropocene.” Asiascape: Digital Asia 2, no. 1–2 (January 1, 2015): 11–19. Full Text


Spring 2020

Culture/env In Modern China (HISTORY 514S)
Class Bldg 106, W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM

Fall 2018

Intro To Global History (HISTORY 101)
East Duke 209, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2018

Culture/env In Modern China (HISTORY 514S)
Carr 241, W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM

Fall 2017

Problems In Hist Globalization (HISTORY 101)
East Duke 209, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2017

Culture/env In Modern China (HISTORY 514S)
Friedl Bdg 216, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Fall 2016

Gtwy Sem: Asia Global History (HISTORY 162S)
West Duke 108A, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Spring 2016

Culture/env In Modern China (HISTORY 514S)
Blackwell 124, W 01:40 PM-04:10 PM