Partha Chatterjee (scholar)

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Partha Chatterjee (born 1947) is an Indian scholar belonging to the subaltern studies and postcolonial schools. He is a multi-disciplinary scholar, with special emphasis on political science, anthropology and history. Chatterjee received Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2009[1] for his contributions to academia.



He is honorary professor of Political Science and was the Director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and is currently a Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at Columbia University in New York. He was a Founder-Member of the Subaltern Studies Collective. He is a Joint-editor of Baromash, a biannual Bengali literary journal published from Calcutta. In addition to numerous books in English, he has published books of essays in Bengali.

Chatterjee has been criticized by several Dalit scholars in India and overseas for ignoring the caste question and eliding it under the subaltern category.


  • 1986. Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World. London: Zed Books.
  • 1997. The Present History of West Bengal. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.


  1. ^ "Past Laureates: Fukuoka Prize". Fukuoka. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Amiya Bagchi
Director of the CSSSC
Succeeded by
Sugata Marjit