Faculty & Staff

Dharitri Bhattacharjee

Visiting Assistant Professor of History
B.A., St. Stephen's College, Delhi; M.A., University of Delhi and Miami University, Ohio; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Dharitri Bhattacharjee's main field is South Asian history, she also teaches Indian Ocean history and European Imperialism, with specific focus on the British Empire in South/South East Asia. 

Dr Bhattacharjee received her B.A. from St. Stephen's College, Delhi; M.A. from University of Delhi and Miami University, Ohio and Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin. She joined Sewanee:University of the South in August 2015. 
Dr Bhattacharjee is currently working on her book, tentatively entitled, "Ideology at Bay: Muslim High politics in Bengal’s Last Colonial Decade, 1937-1947."
Dr Bhattacharjee sees her research as an effort at improving the historical understanding of the understudied field of the high Muslim provincial politics of Bengal during the last decade of British rule in India. This province contained a plurality of the Muslims of British India and was a key building block for the Muslim League’s creation of Pakistan. A study of political choices in the face of British policies, nationalist politics and provincial particularities, “Ideology at Bay” argues how the imperative of surviving colonial legislative politics left little room for furthering of any ideology. As a primary tool of inquiry Dr Bhattacharjee uses the political careers of Bengal’s only three chief ministers before independence, Fazlul Huq (1937-1941 and 1941-1943), Khwaja Nazimuddin (1943-1945) and Huseyn Suhrawardy (1946-1947). Despite being Muslims in a Muslim majority province, these politicians had to work in an arena severely circumscribed by the culturally/socially superior and politically active Hindus who felt shortchanged by the new arrangement of Muslim leadership. Dr  Bhattacharjee successively documents how Huq, Nazimuddin and Suhrawardy resorted to different political techniques to confront the vicarious world of provincial politics. To present this new understanding of how politics was not always held hostage to ideologies, however strong and popular, she uses official documents and non-official sources such as journals, diaries, newspapers and letters from archives in Cambridge, London, Delhi, Kolkata and Dhaka.
Courses Offered:
HIS 128 : Adventures at Sea, The Indian Ocean in World History
HIS 221 A: Introduction to Indian History, I (Ancient and Medieval India, including Mughal)
HIS 222A: History of India and South Asia, II
HIS 456 A : Partition and Its Meanings: Ireland, India and Palestine (Modern India)
HIS 455A : European Empires in Asia
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