Vinayak Chaturvedi

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Professor, History
School of Humanities


Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2001, History

Phone: History Department: (949) 824-6521
Fax: (949) 824-2865

University of California, Irvine
444 Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 3275
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
South Asia, Social and Intellectual History

Hindutva and Violence: V.D. Savarkar and the Politics of History, (Albany: SUNY Press, 2022).
[South Asian Edition: New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2022.]

Peasant Pasts: History and Memory in Western India, (Berkeley: UC Press, 2007).

Peasant Pasts: History, Politics and Nationalism in Gujarat, (New Delhi: Permanent Black, 2008).


Editor, Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial, (London & New York: Verso, 2000 & 2012).

Editor, Social History (Special Issue on South Asian History), volume 39, number 3 (August 2014).

Editor, The Pandemic: Perspectives on Asia (New York: Columbia University Press/Association for Asian Studies, 2020).


‘C.A. Bayly's Unfinished Business: A History of Ideas in an Old Manuscript’, South Asia (2022).

'From Oral History to Intellectual History (and the Unintended Autobiography)', South Asia, volume 41, number 4 (2018), pp 846-862.

'Writing History in the Borderlands', Social History volume 39, number 3 (August 2014), pp. 307-22.

‘Histories of Politics after Political History: Reflections from South Asian Historiography’, Perspectives on History, 49, 5 (2011).

“A Critical Theory of Subalternity: Rethinking Class in Indian Historiography,” Left History, volume 12, number 1 (2007), 9-28.

‘Eine kritische Theorie der Subalternität: Überlegungen zur Verwendung des Klassenbegriffs in der indischen Geschichtsschreibung’, WerkstattGeschichte 41 (May 2006), 5-23.


'Violence as Civility: V.D. Savarkar and the Mahatma's Assassination', South Asia History and Culture, volume 11, number 3 (2020), 239-253.

'A Revolutionary's Biography: The case of V.D. Savarkar' Postcolonial Studies, volume 16, number 2 (2013), 124-139.

‘Rethinking Knowledge with Action: V.D. Savarkar, the Bhagavad Gita, and Histories of Warfare,’ Modern Intellectual History, 7, 2 (2010),417-35.

‘V.D. Savarkar and the Uses of History’, in Crispin Bates, ed., Perception, Narration and Reinvention: the Pedagogy and Historiography of the Indian Uprising (New Delhi: Sage Publishers, 2014).

‘Vinayak & Me: Hindutva and the Politics of Naming’, Social History, volume 28, number 2 (2003), 155-73.

III. AGRARIAN SOCIAL HISTORY (Peasant Studies, Gujarat):

'From Peasant Pasts to Hindutva Futures?: Some Reflections on History, Politics, and Methodology South Asia, 34, 3 (2011), 402-20.

“Peasants Against Gandhi: Rethinking Criminality and Nationalism in Colonial India,” Historische Anthropologie volume 16, number 3(2008), 373-94.

‘The Making of a Peasant King in Colonial Western India: The Case of Ranchod Vira’, Past and Present, number 192 (August 2006), 155-185.

‘Of Peasants and Publics in Colonial India: Daduram’s Story, 1906-1996’, Social History, volume 30, number 3 (2005), 296-320.

'Tennis in an Imperial World', Social History Blog, November 5, 2015.

'Hardik Patel is Right: The truth about Patidars can be found in Gujarat's villages, not in US motels',, August 29, 2015.

'Empire and Its Ruins: Playlist'
Fellow, Royal Historical Society. British Academy Visiting Fellowship at Oxford University. National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Stipend. Shorenstein Fellowship at Stanford University’s Asia Pacific Research Center.
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