Arvind Elangovan, Ph.D.
PhD: History Department, The University of Chicago, 2012
MPhil: Center for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2003
Political and Constitutional history of South Asia, 19th and 20th centuries, Nationalism, Colonialism, Comparative Decolonization, Postcolonial India, History of Political Thought, and Social Movements.
Norms and Politics: Sir Benegal Narsing Rau in the Making of the Indian Constitution, 1935-1950, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2019. https://india.oup.com/product/norms-and-politics-9780199491445?
"A Political Turn? New Developments in Indian Constitutional Histories", History Compass, Vol. 20, Issue 8. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1111/hic3.12746
“Rethinking Indian Constitutional History” – an essay in honor of Prof. Dipesh Chakrabarty in Dipesh Chakrabarty and the Global South: Subaltern Studies, Postcolonial Perspectives and the Anthropocene, edited by Saurabh Dube, Sanjay Sheth, and Ajay Skaria, Routledge, London and New York, 2019, pp, 29-32.
"Constitutionalism as Discipline: Benegal Shiva Rao and the Forgotten Histories of the Indian Constitution" in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. Published online: August 02, 2018. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00856401.2018.1481596
" 'We the People?': Politics and the conundrum of framing a constitution on the eve of decolonisation" in Udit Bhatia ed. The Indian Constituent Assembly: Deliberations on Democracy, Routledge, London and New York, 2018, pp. 10-37.
"Social Movements in India, 1800 to the Present" in Stefan Berger and Holger Nehring (eds) The History of Social Movements in Global Perspective: A Survey, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2017, pp. 265-295.
"Provincial Autonomy, Sir Benegal Narsing Rau and an Improbable Imagination of Constitutionalism in India, 1935-38" in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2016, pp. 66-82.
"Constitutionalism, Political Exclusion, and Implications for Indian Constitutional History: The Case of Montagu Chelmsford Reforms (1919)" in South Asian History and Culture. Vol.7, Issue 03, 2016. pp. 271-288.
" 'The Road Not Taken': Sir Benegal Narsing Rau and the Indian Constitution," in Decolonization and the Politics of Transition in South Asia, edited by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Orient Blackswan Publishers, Hyderabad, 2016. pp. 141-159.
"The Making of the Indian Constitution: A Case for a Non-Nationalist Approach," History Compass, Vol. 12, Issue No. 1, 2014, pp. 1-10.
Ideas of India: Tensions with the Indian Constitution. Date Released: January 20th, 2022. (Interview by Shruti Rajagopalan, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Road to Independence: The Years of Constitutionalism. Date Released: August 13th, 2022. (Interview by Prashant Jha, Hindustan Times)
Climate Change and the Human Condition, A review of The Climate of History in a Planetary Age (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2021; Delhi: Primus Books, 2021) in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol LVI No. 31, July 31, 2021, pp. 26-28.
A People's Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2018) in Law and History Review, Vol. 37, Issue No. 04, 2019, pp. 961-963
Surkh Salam Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism, 1947-1972 (I B Tauris, London and New York, 2015) in chapatimystery.com, July 2016 - http://www.chapatimystery.com/archives/homistan/cm_roundtable_i_surkh_salam_elangovan.html
Die in Battle, Do Not Despair: The Indians on Gallipoli, 1915 (Hellon and Company) by Peter Stanley in The Journal of Military History, Vol. 80. No. 3, 2016 pp. 912-914.
The Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012) by Ananya Vajpeyi in The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 72, Issue 02, May 2013, pp. 493-494.
His Majesty's Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India's Struggle Against Empire (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011) by Sugata Bose in Left History, 16.1, Spring/Summer 2012, pp. 143-144.
Caste, Colonialism and Counter Modernity: Notes on a Postcolonial Hermeneutic of Caste, (London: Routledge, 2005) by Debjani Ganguly in Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 12, 1, March 2009, pp. 131-135.
https://lawandotherthings.com/2020/11/samvidhaan-reflections-on-shyam-be... (November 30, 2020)
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/bn-rau-an-idealist-and-a-staun... (January 21, 2020)
"Does the Indian Constitution Speak for a Nation?" a post on Kafila - http://kafila.org/2016/03/01/does-the-indian-constitution-speak-for-a-na...
"Freedom from fear and the fear of freedom: Ambedkar and the Constitution", Frontline, Vol. 32, Issue No. 09, May 15, 2015
"Granville Austin: Interpreter of a Constitution," An obituary, Frontline, Vol. 31, Issue No. 15, August 8, 2014.
"Race too, after all, along with Gender," a post on Kafila - http://kafila.org/2013/09/08/race-too-after-all-along-with-gender-arvind...
Survey course on South Asia, 1500 to the present
M K Gandhi and the Modern World
Nationalism in the "Third World", 1800 to the present
Historical Methods (Senior Seminar)
Historiography (Graduate Course)
Modern Indian Political Thought, 19th and 20th centuries.