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Prasenjit Duara

Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies, Duke University


Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University. Born and educated in India, he received his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University (1983). He was Professor of History and East Asian Studies at University of Chicago (1991–2008) and Raffles Professor and Director of Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore (2008–2015). His books include Culture, Power and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 (Stanford University Press, 1988), winner of the Fairbank Prize of the American Historical Association and Levenson Prize of the Association of Asian Studies; Rescuing History from the Nation (University of Chicago Press, 1995); Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); and The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He was awarded the doctor philosophiae honoris causa from the University of Oslo in 2017.