Associate Professor of History
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.
Chinese and American Merchants from the Slave Trade to the Opium Rush awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2011
Borderlands/Bordercrossings: transnational circuits and local nationalisms in the making of the Asia Pacific/Pacific Am awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2002
(98-0185) "Sugar and Society In China: Peasants, Technology and the World Market" awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1998
(96-0565) Sugar and Society in Chinai Peasants, Technology and the World Market awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1996
(95-0496) Support for the Conference Entitled: "Labor Migration Capitalist Development and Identity Formation in the Asi awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1995
Kaiwar, V, and Mazumdar, S. Antinomies of Modernity. Duke University Press, April 21, 2003. (Collection)
Kaiwar, V, and Mazumdar, S. Antinomies of Modernity. Duke University Press, March 31, 2003.
Mazumdar, S. Sugar and Society in China: Peasants, Technology and the World Market. Harvard University Press, Asia Center, 1998.
Mazumdar, S. "The Race of Civilizations in the Age of Globalization: The Chindia Problematic." In Nationalism and Imperialism in South and Southeast Asia: Essays in Honour of Damodar R. SarDesai,edited by R Long and A Kaminski. Manohar Publishers, 2012. (Essay)
"Locating China, positioning America: Politics of the civilizational model of world history." In From Orientalism to Postcolonialism: Asia, Europe and the Lineages of Difference, 43-81. September 15, 2009. Full Text
Mazumdar, S. "Empire and Migration: The Making of a Transnational World." In Dictionary of Transnational History,edited by A Iriye and P Saunier, 319-325. Palgrave-Macmillan Press, 2009. (Essay)
Mazumdar, S. "The Discovery of Crystallized Sugar." In Reader on Traditional Chinese Culture,edited by V Mair. University of Hawaii Press, 2004.
"What happened to the women? Chinese and Indian male migration to the United States in global perspective." In Asian/Pacific Islander American Women: A Historical Anthology, 58-74. December 1, 2003.
Mazumdar, S. "What Happened to the Women." In Asian Pacific Islander Women A Historical Anthology,edited by S Hune and G Nomura. NYU Press, 2003. (Essay)
Mazumdar, S, and Mazumdar S, . "Politics of Religion and National Origin: Rediscovering Hindu Indian Identity in the United States." In Antinomies of Modernity: Essays on Race, Orientalism, and Nation,edited by Kaiwar and Mazumdar, 223-260. Duke University Press, 2003.
Mazumdar, S, and Kaiwar, V. "Race, Orient, Nation in the Time-Space of Modernity." In Antinomies of Modernity: Essays on Race, Orientalism and Nation,edited by Kaiwar and Mazumdar, 261-298. Duke University Press, 2003.
Mazumdar, S. "The Impact of New World Food Crops on the Diet and Economy of China and India, ca. 1600-1900." In Food in Global History,edited by R Grew, 58-78. Westview Press, 1999.
Mazumdar, S. "China and the Global Atlantic: Sugar from the Age of Columbus to Pepsi-Coke and Ethanol." Food and Foodways 16, no. 2 (June 5, 2008): 135-147. Full Text
"Localities of the global: Asian Migrations between slavery and citizenship." International Review of Social History 52, no. 1 (April 1, 2007): 124-133. (Review) Full Text
Mazumdar, S. "Localities of the Global: Asian Migrations between Slavery and Citizenship." International Journal of Social Science History, no. 52 (2007): 124-133.
Mazumdar, S, and Mazumdar S, . "Rights in People, Rights in Land: Conceptions of Property in Late Imperial China." Extreme Orient, Extreme Occident 23 (2001): 89-107.
Mazumdar, S. "Quanqiuhua de shiqi Zhongguoren haishang maoyide xinwangluo (New Networks of Chinese Traders in an Era of Globalization." Guangdong shehui kexue (Social Sciences in Guangdong) (2001): 79-83.
Mazumdar, S. "Women on the March: Right-Wing Mobilization in Contemporary India." Feminist Review 49, no. 1 (March 1995): 1-28. Full Text
"Beyond identity politics. Part I." South Asia Bulletin 14, no. 1 (January 1, 1994): 73-113.
"The coordinates of orientalism: Reflections on the universal and the particular." (September 15, 2009): 19-42. (Chapter) Full Text