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Sunil Amrith

Member of the Advisory Council

Sunil Amrith is the Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History at Yale University. He is currently on leave from his role as chair of the South Asian Studies Council, which he will resume in fall 2022. His research focuses on the movements of people and the ecological processes that have connected South and Southeast Asia. Amrith’s areas of particular interest include environmental history, the history of migration, and the history of public health. He is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, and recipient of the 2016 Infosys Prize in Humanities.

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David Armitage

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David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and former Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University, where he teaches intellectual history and international history. He is currently a Senior Scholar of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and Chair of the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies and also an Affiliated Faculty Member at Harvard Law School, an Affiliated Professor in the Harvard Department of Government, an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, an Honorary Professor of History at Queen's University Belfast and an Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sydney.

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Ali Asani

Ali S. Asani (علي سلطان آساڻي)

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Ali Asani is a Kenya-born scholar of Islam, currently the Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University. Asani's scholarship on Islam encompasses Shia and Sufi devotional traditions in South Asia, popular or folk forms of Muslim devotional life, Muslim communities in the West, as well as various aspects of historical and contemporary Islam and Muslim societies across the globe.

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Duncan Bell

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Duncan Bell is a Professor of Political Thought and International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Christ’s College at the University. His research and teaching stand at the intersection of political theory, intellectual history, and International Relations. Over the last couple of decades he has focused principally on tracing ideas about empire – and in particular settler colonialism – in the history of modern British political thought. He has written three books on the subject, the most recent of which is Dreamworlds of Race: Empire and the Utopian Destiny of Anglo-America, as well as assorted articles and book chapters. He has also worked on various topics in contemporary political theory and IR.... Read more about Duncan Bell

Stephen Chan

Stephen Chan

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Stephen Chan is a scholar of African politics at SOAS University of London's Department of Politics and International Studies, Centre for Global Media and Communications, and Centre of African Studies. His research spanning multiple areas and disciplines centres on the political thought and practice in Africa. For years, he has taught African Political Thought, Political Thought on the Just Rebellion, Religion and World Politics, and Politics of Africa.

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Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi

Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi

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Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi is Associate Professor in English at the University of Johannesburg and Director of UJ’s Centre for the Study of Race, Gender and Class. She is a senior research fellow at the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (JIAS) and a research associate at the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department (AAADS) at Columbia University. Her research is on black intellectual and literary histories and has appeared in Small AxeCallalooboundary2 and the UK Journal of Arts and the Humanities. Her current book project explores global frames for understanding blackness in early twentieth century Cape Town. Collis-Buthelezi is on the editorial committee for Small Axe and an editor of the Polity Critical South book series as well as Peter Lang’s Race and Resistance in the Long Twentieth Century.

Jean Comaroff

Jean Comaroff

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Jean Comaroff is an anthropologist and theorist of Africa and the Global South, currently the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology at Harvard University. Her intellectual interests range across theory and method, embodiment and commodification, ritual and religion, medicine, politics and ideology, crime and forensics, and colonialism in Africa. Educated at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics, Comaroff was a research fellow in medical Anthropology at the University of Manchester, before she moved to the University of Chicago as the Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory. Her research, primarily conducted in southern Africa, has centered on processes of social and cultural transformation – the making and unmaking of colonial society, the nature of the postcolony, the late modern world viewed from the Global South.

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Katrina Forrester

Katrina Forrester

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Katrina Forrester is Assistant Professor of Government and Social Studies at Harvard University. She is a political theorist and historian with research interests in twentieth-century social and political theory, particularly the history of liberalism, US and British postwar intellectual history, Marxism and feminism, and in climate politics and theories of work and capitalism.

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Adom Getachew

Adom Getachew

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Adom Getachew is Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. She is a political theorist with research interests in the history of political thought, theories of race and empire, and postcolonial political theory. Her work focuses on the intellectual and political histories of Africa and the Caribbean. Her first book, Worldmaking After Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination, reconstructs an account of self-determination offered in the political thought of Black Atlantic anticolonial nationalists during the height of decolonization in the twentieth century. 

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Arunabh Ghosh (郭旭光)

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Arunabh Ghosh is a social, economic, and intellectual historian of modern China, with interests in transnational histories of science and statecraft and Sino-Indian history. Ghosh’s first book, Making it Count: Statistics and Statecraft in the early People's Republic of China (Princeton University Press, 2020), investigates how the early PRC state built statistical capacity to know the nation through numbers.

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Shruti Kapila

Shruti Kapila

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Shruti Kapila is an intellectual historian and political thinker, currently University Lecturer in History and Convenor, History and Politics Tripos in the Faculty of History, and Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. Born, educated, and made in India, Kapila graduated from Panjab University Chandigarh with top honours, before reading for a Master's in Modern History at JNU, and a doctorate from SOAS, London University. Her professional life has been international. Prior to Cambridge, she has held a research position at the University of Oxford and was Assistant Professor (in conjunction with a University Chair for Career Development) at Tufts University, Mass., USA.

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Han Hsien Liew

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Han Hsien Liew is an intellectual historian of the premodern Islamic world and is currently Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. His research interests include medieval Islamic political thought; premodern Islamic scholarly culture and transmission of knowledge; Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir); and Arabic-Islamic historical and biographical writings.

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Emma Mackinnon

Emma Stone Mackinnon

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Emma Stone Mackinnon is a political theorist and intellectual historian of human rights and humanitarianism, resistance and rebellion, race and empire, currently fellow at Emmanuel College and University Lecturer in the History of Modern Political Thought at Cambridge University. She has written on the political thought of the Algerian Revolution, politics and morality of war and the history of humanitarianism, Arthur Danto and the history of international law. Her current book project traces political contests over the meaning of human rights as a foundational promise of political community. 

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Clara Maier

Clara Maier

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Clara Maier is a German political theorist and historian of political thought, now based at Columbia University. During her time at Cambridge University, she worked on "The Politics of German Peculiarity. American, British and German debates on the Sonderweg, 1933-1968". Since then, she has conducted research at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and served as Assistant Professor of History at Humboldt University, Berlin. Her current research is focused on legal and constitutional theory, particularly the history of German and continental European concepts of statehood, law, and democracy in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

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Erez Manela

Erez Manela (馬內拉)

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Erez Manela (埃雷茲·馬內拉) is a historian of the international society in global contexts, currently Professor of History at Harvard University. He directs the Graduate Programs at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, co-chairs the Harvard International and Global History Seminar (HIGHS), and co-edits a book series on Global and International History at Cambridge University Press.

His prize-winning The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (2007), co-edited volumes The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (2010), and more recently, Empires at War, 1911-23 (2014), The Development Century: A Global History (2018), and the essay "International Society as a Historical Subject" (2020) have enriched and expanded the thought-world of international history in the global age as a scholarly craft and a subject of historical inquiry. Amongst his contributions to the field are his conceptual, methodological, and historiographical reflections on the history of the "United States in the world", and the "Method and Practice of International History" (国际史的方法与实践).

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