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Ravi A. Palat

Ravi PalatProfessor

Office: LT 417
Office hours as posted or by appointment.
Phone: ext. ext. 7-4756




Research interests include historical sociology, political economy, nationalism and new forms of social conflict. Currently working on the historical sociology of the Indian Ocean region; on the parallel transformations of China and India since the mid-1800s; and on the rise of new patterns of antisystemic movements. Earlier work centered on the political economy of east and southeast Asia in the context of contemporary transformations of the capitalist world-economy. These projects build on a long-standing research interest in excavating the Eurocentric biases of social theory. This is complemented by an examination of the intellectual premises of area studies programs and on conceptualizing space. Finally, he has begun studies of nationalism and ethnic conflict as integral elements of capitalist restructuring. Editor of Pacific-Asia and the Future of the World-System (1993); authored Capitalist Restructuring and the Pacific Rim (2004); recent articles in Theory & Society, Economic and Political Weekly, Review, Asian Perspectives, Development & Society, Review of International Political Economy, Critical Asian Studies, among other journals.?

Teaches graduate seminars titled Political Economy of Asia, Asia in World-Historical Perspective, Comparative Hegemonies, among others; and undergraduate courses on the Sociologies of colonialism, contemporary Asia, and of food.?

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Last Updated: 11/14/13