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Dipesh Chakrabarty is a Bengali historian who has also made contributions to postcolonial theory and subaltern studies.

He attended Presidency College where he received his undergraduate degree in physics. He also received a diploma in business management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Later he moved on to the Australian National Universitymarker in Canberramarker, from where he earned a PhD in history.

He is currently the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College at the University of Chicagomarker. He was a visiting faculty at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Chakrabarty also serves as a contributing editor for Public Culture, an academic journal published by Duke University Press.

He was a member of the Subaltern Studies collective. He has recently made important contributions to the intersections between history and postcolonial theory (Provincializing Europe), which continues and revises his earlier historical work on working-class history in Bengal (Rethinking Working-Class History).


  • Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies (2002)
  • Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2000)
  • Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal, 1890-1940 (1989)
  • Cosmopolitanism (2002, editor, with Carol Breckenridge, Sheldon Pollock, and Homi K. Bhabha)
  • Subaltern Studies (Vol. 9 editor, with Shahid Amin)
  • Dixit: El humanismo en la era de la globalizaci√≥n, Buenos Aires y Madrid, Katz Barpal Editores, 2009, ISBN 9788496859524

(Note: Many of his works will have separate and different publication dates for India and the US. Dates given are earliest publication dates, to give an indication of when the book was written more than when it was published.)

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