Ritwik Ranjan

Biography and/or project

I am interested in the following areas of scholarship: intellectual history, theories of history and historiography, and postcolonial studies. I completed my dissertation, which provides a new theoretical understanding of anti-colonial historiography as it emerged and evolved in South Asia under colonialism, at Princeton University. The PhD was awarded in 2016. I worked under the direction of professors Benjamin Conisbee Baer, Gyan Prakash and Partha Chatterjee (my external advisor from Columbia University). This dissertation, parts of which I intend to publish in a book, has been awarded the Best Dissertation Prize (2018) by the International Commission for the History and Theory of Historiography. I have published some essays and a work of translation. Please take a look at the following essay I published soon after graduating from Princeton--- "Postcoloniality and the Two Sites of Historicity" in the journal History and Theory --- for additional information concerning my research and scholarly interests. (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/hith.12001)