New Year, New Director: Prof. Prasenjit Duara Begins Term as APSI Faculty Director

January 5, 2023

In January 2023, APSI began a new calendar year with a new faculty director, Prof. Prasenjit Duara. Prof. Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University and takes over the role of APSI's faculty director from Prof. Richard Jaffe (Religious Studies, Duke), a position he had held since 2018. We thank Prof. Jaffe for his service and initiative and look forward to continued work together, advancing Asian Studies at Duke across multiple academic disciplines.

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Prof. Prasenjit Duara

Prof. Duara was born and educated in India and received his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University. Before coming to Duke in 2016, he was a 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.