Personal Statement:

I study and teach the social and cultural history of South Asia with a focus on commodities, capital, and agrarian histories. My current work explores the role of British colonialism in reshaping the agrarian frontier of eastern Bengal and the political economy of intoxicant commodities in the nineteenth and twentieth century.

In 2019, I will teach courses on commodity history, South Asian cultural history, and Indian Ocean history.

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • South Asia (1500 – Present)
  • British Empire (1688 – Present)
  • Indian Ocean World
  • Commodity and Agrarian History
  • Labor and Gender
  • Marxism and Anti-colonial Internationalism
  • Historical Theory and Methods

Selected Publications:

Chattopadhyaya, Utathya, Talking History: E.P. Thompson, C.L.R. James, and the Afterlives of Internationalism,  Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques41(1), 111-128.

Courses Taught:

Winter 2019

HIST 9: Commodities and Labor in Colonial South Asia

[Historical Investigations: Methods and Skills] Research papers may cover places outside South Asia.

Spring 2019

HIST 189M: South Asian Public Culture

HIST 201C [Advanced Historical Literature]: South Asia and the Indian Ocean