Sumantra Bose joined the LSE in 1999 as The Ralf Dahrendorf Fellow in Comparative Politics. He became Lecturer in 2001, Reader in 2003, and since 2006 he has held a Chair in International and Comparative Politics at the School.
Bose was born and raised in Kolkata (Calcutta) in India's West Bengal state. After 12 years of schooling at Kolkata's St Xavier's Collegiate School, he went to Amherst College in Massachusetts, USA in 1988 for undergraduate studies. He graduated from Amherst College with highest honors (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1992, majoring in political science with informal minors in history and economics. He then entered Columbia University in New York City, where he received MA, MPhil and PhD (1998) degrees in political science.
Bose is the author of seven books-of which the latest, Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism-has been published worldwide by Cambridge University Press in 2018.
In addition to his other recent books Transforming India: Challenges to the World's Largest Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2013), Contested Lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus, and Sri Lanka (Harvard University Press, 2007), Kashmir: Roots of Conflict, Paths to Peace (Harvard University Press, 2003), and Bosnia after Dayton: Nationalist Partition and International Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2002). Contested Lands was also published in a South Asia-only edition by HarperCollins India, Delhi, in 2007 and in Arabic translation by Arab Scientific Publishers, Beirut, in 2008. Transforming India was also published in a South Asia-only edition by Pan Macmillan India, Delhi, in 2013 and was selected by Foreign Affairs magazine in January 2014 as one of the three best books on the Asia-Pacific published during 2013. In addition to his own seven books, Bose is the editor of his late father Dr Sisir Kumar Bose's memoir and early-life autobiography, Subhas and Sarat: An Intimate Memoir of the Bose Brothers (published posthumously by Aleph Book Company, Delhi, in 2016 with an introduction by Sumantra), and the translator (from Bengali) of his mother Prof. Krishna Bose's autobiography of her early life, Lost Addresses: A Memoir of India, 1934-1955 (Niyogi Books, Delhi, 2015).
Professor Bose's work has been supported by numerous grant-making bodies in both the USA and the UK, including the Social Science Research Council, New York and the Leverhulme Trust, London. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations, the UK's Department for International Development, and the House of Commons' foreign affairs committee. He contributes regularly to major international media including the BBC, Al Jazeera and CNN. He has given invited lectures and seminars at leading universities, think-tanks and policy forums across the world.
An Indian citizen, Sumantra Bose spends a considerable portion of his time in India. He likes good food, good wine, good cinema (especially on political themes), and travelling, particularly in war-zones and post-conflict areas.