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Prof. Dwaipayan Sen
Ph.D. in History, 2012, The University of Chicago; MA in Social Sciences, 2005, The University of Chicago; BA in History (Honrs.) and English , 2004 , Oberlin College, Ohio, USA;
Associate Professor – History

Prof. Dwaipayan Sen is Associate Professor of History at FLAME University. He received his Ph.D. in History and M.A. in Social Sciences from The University of Chicago. He holds a B.A. in History and English from Oberlin College.

His research and teaching interests cover a broad spectrum and include British colonial rule in South Asia, the history of Indian nationalism, the politics of caste, Subaltern Studies, and the partition of British India.

He is the author of The Decline of the Caste Question: Jogendranath Mandal and the Defeat of Dalit Politics in Bengal (Cambridge University Press, 2018), as well as articles in journals like Modern Asian Studies, The Indian Economic and Social History Review, History Compass, and Economic and Political Weekly.  He has also contributed essays to fora like The Wire, India Seminar, and Himal.

His current book-project is provisionally titled Rethinking the Colonial Censuses: Indigenous Agency and the Work of Enumeration.  The study aims to reevaluate extant interpretations of the census as a tool of colonial domination, and seeks to demonstrate the extensive role played by various indigenous and subaltern actors in the implementation and consequences of this administrative mechanism.


In progress:

  • Rethinking the colonial censuses: Indigenous agency and the work of enumeration, (project-proposal and manuscript in preparation).
  • *“B.R. Ambedkar and the problem of his Eurocentrism.”
  • “The uncanny death of Jogendranath Mandal,” (invited for contribution to a volume on the history of caste in colonial and postcolonial Bengal edited by Tanika Sarkar and Sekhar Bandyopadhyay to be published by Bloomsbury).
  • (co-authored with Uday Chandra), “The colonial state, liberalism, and subaltern consciousness in modern India.”


  • The Decline of the Caste Question: Jogendranath Mandal and the Defeat of Dalit Politics in Bengal, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).
  • Invited: “Dalit-Muslim Unity is the only way to stop the march of Hindutva in Bengal: An interview with Sukritiranjan Biswas,” The Wire, 29 June 2020.
  • “On the history and memory of the Battle of Koregaon,” The Wire, 16 May 2020.
  • Invited: “The historical significance of Provincializing Europe: memory, argument, and the life of the book,” in Saurabh Dube, Sanjay Seth, and Ajay Skaria (eds.), Dipesh Chakrabarty and the Global South: Subaltern Studies, Postcolonial Perspectives and the Anthropocene, (London: Routledge, 2020).
  • Invited: “Provincializing Europe-er aitihasik tatparjya: smriti, tarka, ebam baitir jiban,”
  • (“The historical significance of Provincializing Europe: memory, argument, and the life of the book,” for inclusion in an edited volume in honor of Dipesh Chakrabarty’s septuagennial, organized by Professor Ahmed Kamal, University of Dhaka).
  • Invited: “The Coming War: Political Violence and Hindutva in West Bengal,” (for inclusion in a series on the history of violence in Bengal organized by The Wire) – published as “Memories of 1946 great Calcutta killings can help us understand violence in today’s Bengal,” The Wire, 2 October 2018: https://thewire.in/communalism/1946-great-calcutta-killings-west-bengal
  • “The 1872 Census: ‘Indigenous Agency’ and the Science of Statistics in Bengal,” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53, Nos. 26-7, 30 June 2018 (peer-reviewed).
  • Invited: Book review of Ian Talbot, A History of Modern South Asia: Politics, States, Diasporas, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016), Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 77, No. 3, August 2018, 837-8.
  • Invited: “How the Dalits of Bengal Became the ‘Worst Victims’ of Partition,” The Wire, 10 August 2017: https://thewire.in/165508/partition-dalits-bengal/
  • Invited: “Ressentiment and its possible futures,” Book review of Satadru Sen, Benoy Kumar Sarkar: Restoring the nation to the world, (New Delhi: Routledge, 2015), in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 52, No. 31, 5 August 2017.
  • Co-authored with Rupa Viswanath, Joel Lee, Nathaniel Roberts, Gajendran Ayyathurai, David Mosse, Karthikeyan Damodaran, Hugo Gorringe, and T. Dharmaraj, “We are all watching,” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 51, Issue No. 4, 23 January 2016.
  • Invited: “An Absent-minded Casteism?” in Uday Chandra, Geir Heierstad, and Kenneth Bo Nielsen (eds.), The Politics of Caste in West Bengal, New Delhi: Routledge India, 2015, 103-24 (peer-reviewed).
  • Invited: Book review of Jeffrey Witsoe, Democracy Against Development: Lower-Caste Politics and Political Modernity in Postcolonial India, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2013, in South Asian History and Culture, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2015, 293-6. DOI: 10.1080/19472498.2014.999440. Published online 13 January 2015
  • Invited: “An Absent-minded Casteism?” India Seminar, #645, Bengal Blues: A symposium on some predicaments facing West Bengal, May 2013: http://www.india-seminar.com/2013/645/645_dwaipayan_sen.htm
  • Invited: “Tamil Buddhism and anti-caste consciousness”: A review of Foundations of Anti-caste Consciousness: Pandit Iyothee Thass, Tamil Buddhism, and the Marginalized in South India, by Gajendran Ayyathurai, Dissertation Reviews: http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/3540
  • “Representation, Education and Agrarian Reform: Jogendranath Mandal and the nature of Scheduled Caste Politics, 1937-1943,” Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 48, No. 1, January 2014, 77-119 (peer-reviewed). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X12000601 Published online: 21 February 2013.
  • “‘No matter how, Jogendranath had to be defeated’: The Scheduled Castes Federation and the making of Partition in Bengal, 1945-1947,” The Indian Economic and Social History Review, Vol. 49, No. 3, July-September 2012, 321-364 (peer-reviewed).
  • Invited: “Caste Politics and Partition in South Asian History” History Compass, 10:7, July 2012, 512-522 (peer-reviewed).
  • Invited: “A Politics Subsumed: The Life and Times of Jogendranath Mandal,” Himal, April 2010, 74-6.
  • Book Review of Debjani Ganguly, Caste, Colonialism and Counter-Modernity: Notes on a Postcolonial Hermeneutics of Caste, in The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 45:2, Sage Publications, June 2008.
  • “Chronology of the Career of Secularism in India,” in Anuradha Dingwaney Needham and Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, (eds.), The Crisis of Secularism in India, Durham: Duke University Press, 2007, 369-372.
  • “Wiping the Stain Off the Field of Plassey: Mohun Bagan in 1911,” Soccer and Society, 7: 2-3, Routledge, (2006), 208-232 (peer-reviewed).