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Prakash Kumar

Prakash Kumar

Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies

407 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802
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Office Phone: (814) 863-4923

Biography:

I am a specialist of South Asian History and History of Science.  My broad areas of interest are science, agriculture, environment, and knowledge. My recently published book (Indigo Plantations and Science in Colonial India) is a social history of indigo that illuminates the connections of South Asia with the wider world while covering the odyssey of indigo through the peasant and plantation phases. I am currently writing a history of agriculture and social movements focused on India in the colonial and postcolonial eras as part of two separate book projects.

Recent Publications:

“Roundtable: New Narratives of the Green Revolution,” Agricultural History, 91 No. 3 (Summer 2017): 397-422. (co-author)

"Plantation Indigo and Synthetic Indigo: Redefinition of a Colonial Commodity," Comparative Studies in Society and History 58: 2 (April 2016): 407-31.

“GENEALOGIES – Connecting Spaces in Historical Studies of the Global,” in Hilary Kahn (ed.), Framing the Global: Entry Points for Research, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014, pp, 97-111.

“Transnational Knowledge and Colonial Indigo Plantations in South Asia,” Modern Asian Studies, 48 No. 3 (2014): 720-53.

Indigo Plantations and Science in Colonial India, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

“Plantation Science: Improving Natural Indigo in Colonial India, 1860-1913,” Winning entry, Special Commendation, Singer Prize, British Journal for the History of Science, 40: 4 (December, 2007): 537-565.

“Scientific Experiments in British India: Indigo Planters, Scientists, and the State, 1890-1930,” in Indian Economic and Social History Review, 38:3 (June-September, 2001): 249-270.

 

Awards and Service:

Scholars Award, National Science Foundation                                         2017-18
Summer Workshop Grant, Asian Studies, Penn State                              2016
Resident Scholar, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Penn State         2015 (fall)
Humanities without Walls Grant, University of Illinois                                2014
Framing the Global Fellowship, Indiana University                                    2011-2015
Scholars Award, National Science Foundation                                          2008-09
Special Commendation, Biennial Singer Prize, The British
Society for the History of Science                                                              2005           

Research Interests:

Fellow, “Framing the Global Project,” Center for the Study of Global Change, Indiana University, 2011-2018

Research Interests:

South Asia:
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