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South Asia Without Borders Seminar

Uday Mehta, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, The City University of New York

Discussant: Shankar Ramaswami, South Asia Institute South Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellow

Chair: Parimal G. Patil, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Uday Singh Mehta, distinguished professor of political science, is a renowned political theorist whose work encompasses a wide spectrum of philosophical traditions. He has worked on a range of issues including the relationship between freedom and imagination, liberalism’s complex link with colonialism and empire, and, more recently, war, peace, and nonviolence. He is the author of two books, The Anxiety of Freedom: Imagination and Individuality in the Political Thought of John Locke (Cornell University Press, 1992) and Liberalism and Empire: Nineteenth Century British Liberal Thought (University of Chicago Press, 1999), which won the J. David Greenstone Book Award from the American Political Science Association in 2001 for the best book in history and theory. In 2002, he was named a Carnegie Foundation scholar. He is currently completing a book on war, peace, and nonviolence, which focuses on the moral and political thought of M. K. Gandhi. He received his undergraduate education at Swarthmore College, where he studied mathematics and philosophy. He has a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Princeton University.

Cosponsored by the Department of South Asian Studies