Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and The College
Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College. He is the faculty director, University of Chicago Center in Delhi, a faculty fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, an associate of the Department of English, and by courtesy, a faculty member in the Law School. In the summer of 2019, Chakrabarty was a visiting professor at École Normale Supérieure, Paris. He will deliver the Counter Currents lecture at Cambridge in 2020, which will be published by Polity Press. He will also continue as Dean’s Distinguished Visitor, the Australian National University, Canberra, and as a visiting professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. Chakrabarty's research is currently focused on two areas: he is working on a book project on the implications of the science of climate change for historical and political thought (see his essay in Critical Inquiry, Win. 2009, for a beginning) and is working on two long-term projects: one on democracy and political thought in South Asia and the other on a cultural history of Muslim-Bengali nationalism. Chakrabarty welcomes students in all areas of modern and contemporary South Asian history and in areas of his own interests. His current students, distributed over the Departments of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, English, and Anthropology and the Divinity School work on a variety of topics: twentieth-century Kerala, colonial Punjab, the history of Ladakh, Yunani medicine, the politics of water in Pakistan, Muslim political organization in Hyderabad, and India reform societies in nineteenth-century Britain.