B.A.; M.A.; M.Phil.; Ph.D. (University of Delhi)
Prof. (Dr.) Pradip Kumar Datta has written, co-authored, and edited several books including Khaki Short Saffron Flags: A Study of the Hindu Right, (co-authored, Orient Longmans, 1993), Carving Blocs: Communal Ideology in Twentieth Century Bengal (OUP, 1999), Heterogeneities: Identity Formations in Modern India (Tulika, 2010), and Indian Political Thought (co-edited, OUP, 2013). He has edited Rabindranath Tagore’s The Home and the World: A Critical Companion (Anthem Press, Permanent Black, 2002, 2003).
Datta’s career is multi-disciplinary. His research-based publications are on Literature (both English and Bangla), modern Indian history and on Indian political and social thought. His articles have been published in reputed Indian and foreign journals, in both English and Bangla. The number of publications exceed 40. These include monographs, chapters in books, journals, textbooks (including internet). Among his recent research-based interventions is a podcast by Oxford University.
His initial degrees were MA and M.Phil in English Literature; he then went on to pursue a M.A in History and a PhD in modern Indian History from Delhi University.
Datta has taught in the three disciplines of English Literature, History and Political Thought separately and in their intersections. He taught English Literature in undergraduate colleges of Delhi University including Sri Venkateswara College. He later joined Delhi University’s Political Science faculty at a multi-disciplinary position. From 2016 he taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University for four years. He has also taught graduate classes and participated in the conduct of an M.Phil seminar course in the Department of History, Delhi University.
Datta was Head of Department of Political Science in Delhi University and Chairperson, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, SIS, JNU.
Datta has published articles in The Indian Express, Times of India, Newsclick, Merinews among others and has been cited as political expert on National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Scroll.in, among others.