Andrew Sartori

Associate Professor of History

University of Chicago, PhD 2003

Office Address: 

King Juan Carlos Center, Room 712



Field of Study: 

South Asia

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Modern South Asia, Modern Intellectual History, Social Theory


Andrew Sartori is an intellectual historian of modern South Asia, with a special focus on Bengal. His first book was on the history of the culture-concept in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and he is currently working on the history of liberal political-economic and political-theoretical ideas in the same period. His work is especially focused on the relationship between histories of concept-formation and social histories -- especially the history of capitalist society. As such, he is also interested in the ways in which local intellectual histories are located in the larger, global circulation of ideas.

Selected Works:

app.jpgGlobal Intellectual History, co-edited Samuel Moyn and Andrew Sartori, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013)

BengalGlobalBOOK.jpg Bengal in Global Concept History: Culturalism in the Age of Capital (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2008). 


TheColonialPostColonialBOOK.jpgFrom the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition, co-edited with Dipesh Chakrabarty and Rochona Majumdar (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, April 2007).


"A Liberal Discourse of Custom in Colonial Bengal," Past and Present, 212 (August 2011), 163-97.

"The Transfiguration of Duty in Aurobindo’s Essays on the Gita," Modern Intellectual History, vol. 7, no. 2 (2010), 319-34.

"Abul Mansur Ahmad and the Cultural Politics of Bengali Pakistanism," in From the Colonial to the Postcolonial.

"Beyond Culture-Contact and Colonial Discourse: 'Germanism' in Colonial Bengal," Modern Intellectual History, vol. 4, no. 1, 2007.

"The British Empire and its Liberal Mission," Journal of Modern History, vol. 78, no. 3 (September 2006), 623-642.

"The Resonance of 'Culture': Framing a Problem in Global Concept-History," Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 47, no. 4 (October 2005), 676-699.

"Emancipation as Heteronomy: The Crisis of Liberalism in Later Nineteenth-Century Bengal," Journal of Historical Sociology, vol. 17, no. 1 (March 2004), 56-86.

"The Categorical Logic of a Colonial Nationalism: Swadeshi Bengal, 1904-1908," Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, vol. 23, nos. 1&2 (2003), 271-285.

"Robert Redfield's Comparative Civilizations Project and the Political Imagination of Postwar America," Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, vol. 6, no. 1 (1998), 33-65. 

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