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Ravi A. Palat




Research interests include world-systems analysis, historical sociology, political economy, and the sociology of food. Currently working on cuisine as an element of state formation and the cultivation of a national culture; on the Americas in the making of early modern world-economies in Asia; on the parallel transformations of China and India since the mid-1800s; and on a critique of contemporary area studies. Earlier work centered on the political economy of east and southeast Asia in the context of contemporary transformations of the capitalist world-economy; and on the making of an Indian Ocean world-economy. These projects build on a long-standing research interest in excavating the Eurocentric biases of social theory. Authored Capitalist Restructuring and the Pacific Rim (2004); Making of an Indian Ocean World-Economy, 1250-1650: Princes, Paddy fields, and Bazaars (2015); editor of Pacific-Asia and the Future of the World-System (1993); recent articles in Economic and Political Weekly, Critical Asian Studies, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, Third World Quarterly, among other journals.


  • PhD, Binghamton University
  • Mphil, MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • BA, University of Madras

Research Interests

  • Historical Sociology
  • Political Economy
  • World-Systems Analysis

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae