Professor Sumantra Bose

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Professor of International and Comparative Politics

Email: s.bose@lse.ac.uk| 
Office: CON407, Connaught House
Office Hours: Mondays 2.45pm-4pm
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7811

Biography


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 six books, most recently Transforming India: Challenges to the World's Largest Democracy, published globally by Harvard University Press in September 2013 (and simultaneously in the Indian subcontinent by Pan/Macmillan/Picador India, under the Picador imprint). His other recent books are 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 has also been published in an edition for the Indian subcontinent by HarperCollins India, and in Arabic translation by Arab Scientific Publishers, Beirut.

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.

Research Interests


  • Ethnic and nationalist conflict 
  • Democracies and democratization 
  • Peace processes in 'national self-determination' disputes
  • Peace-building in post-war societies
  • The politics of citizenship and identity
  • Politics in India 
  • The Kashmir conflict
  • The former Yugoslavia, especially Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • The Middle East, especially the Israeli-Palestinian question

Teaching Responsibilities


  • GV245: Democracy and Democratization
  • GV465: War, Peace and the Politics of National Self-Determination
  • GV4H2: Contemporary India: The World's Largest Democracy in the Early 21st Century

Featured Book


Transforming IndiaTransforming India: Challenges to the World's Largest Democracy

(Harvard University Press, 2013)

A nation of 1.25 billion people composed of numerous ethnic, linguistic, religious, and caste communities, India is the world’s most diverse democracy. Drawing on his extensive fieldwork and experience of Indian politics, Sumantra Bose tells the story of democracy’s evolution in India since the 1950s—and describes the many challenges it faces in the early twenty-first century.

Over the past two decades, India has changed from a country dominated by a single nationwide party into a robust multiparty and federal union, as regional parties and leaders have risen and flourished in many of India’s twenty-eight states. The regionalization of the nation’s political landscape has decentralized power, given communities a distinct voice, and deepened India’s democracy, Bose finds, but the new era has also brought fresh dilemmas.

The dynamism of India’s democracy derives from the active participation of the people—the demos. But as Bose makes clear, its transformation into a polity of, by, and for the people depends on tackling great problems of poverty, inequality, and oppression. This tension helps explain why Maoist revolutionaries wage war on the republic, and why people in the Kashmir Valley feel they are not full citizens. As India dramatically emerges on the global stage, Transforming India: Challenges to the World’s Largest Democracy provides invaluable analysis of its complexity and distinctiveness.

Publications


Transforming India: challenges to the world's largest democracy in the 21st Century
Bose, Sumantra (2013) Transforming India: challenges to the world's largest democracy in the 21st Century. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, USA. ISBN 9780674050662

Peacemaking in conflicts over independence
Bose, Sumantra (2012) Peacemaking in conflicts over independence. In: Fixdal, Mona, (ed.) Ways Out of War: Peacemakers in the Middle East and Balkans. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9781137030535

The books that inspired Sumantra Bose: “Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth touched a chord with both my national and personal background”
Bose, Sumantra (2012) The books that inspired Sumantra Bose: “Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth touched a chord with both my national and personal background”. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (12 Aug 2012) Blog Entry.

Book review: The books that inspired Sumantra Bose: “Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth touched a chord with both my national and personal background”
Bose, Sumantra (2012) Book review: The books that inspired Sumantra Bose: “Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth touched a chord with both my national and personal background”. LSE Review of Books (05 Aug 2012) Blog Entry.

To partition or not: a comparative perspective
Bose, Sumantra (2011) To partition or not: a comparative perspective. Ethnopolitics, 10 (3-4). pp. 445-449. ISSN 1744-9057

Kashmir
Bose, Sumantra (2010) Kashmir. In: Baruah, Sanjib, (ed.) Ethnonationalism in India: a Reader. Critical issues in Indian politics. Oxford University Press, India. ISBN 9780198060437

Contested lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus and Sri Lanka [in Arabic]
Bose, Sumantra (2008) Contested lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus and Sri Lanka [in Arabic]. Arab Scientific Publishers, Beirut.

Contested lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus and Sri Lanka
Bose, Sumantra (2007) Contested lands: Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Bosnia, Cyprus and Sri Lanka. Harvard University Press, Cambridge Mass. ISBN 9780674024472

The Bosnian state a decade after Dayton
Bose, Sumantra (2005) The Bosnian state a decade after Dayton. International Peacekeeping, 12 (3). pp. 322-335. ISSN 1353-3312

Decolonization and state-building in South Asia
Bose, Sumantra (2004) Decolonization and state-building in South Asia. Journal of International Affairs, 58 (1). pp. 95-113. ISSN 0022-197X

Kashmir, roots of conflict: paths to peace
Bose, Sumantra (2004) Kashmir, roots of conflict: paths to peace. In: Laqueur, Walter, (ed.) Voices of Terror. Reed Press, New York, USA, pp. 458-463. ISBN 9781594290350

Kashmir: roots of conflict, paths to peace
Bose, Sumantra (2003) Kashmir: roots of conflict, paths to peace. Harvard University Press, Massachusetts, UK. ISBN 9780674011731

The Implications of Ethnonational Conflict for Democracy
Bose, Sumantra (2003) The Implications of Ethnonational Conflict for Democracy. In: Karatnycky, Adrian, Piano, Aili and Puddington, Arch, (eds.) Freedom in the World 2003. Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc.

Mostar: International Intervention in a Divided Bosnian Town
Bose, Sumantra (2003) Mostar: International Intervention in a Divided Bosnian Town. In: Siani-Davies, Peter, (ed.) International Intervention in the Balkans Since 1995. Routledge.

Bosnia after Dayton: Nationalist partition and international intervention
Bose, Sumantra (2002) Bosnia after Dayton: Nationalist partition and international intervention. Oxford University Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9780195158489

Flawed mediation, chaotic implementation: the 1987 Indo-Sri Lankan peace agreement
Bose, Sumantra (2002) Flawed mediation, chaotic implementation: the 1987 Indo-Sri Lankan peace agreement. In: Stedman, Stephen J, (ed.) ENDing Civil Wars: the Implementation of Peace Agreements. Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder, CO, pp. 631-662. ISBN 9781588260833

Kashmir at the crossroads: problems and possibilities
Bose, Sumantra (2001) Kashmir at the crossroads: problems and possibilities. Security Dialogue, 32 (1). pp. 41-64. ISSN 0967-0106

Kashmir, 1990-2000: reflections on individual voices in a dirty war
Bose, Sumantra (2000) Kashmir, 1990-2000: reflections on individual voices in a dirty war. Development, 43 (3). ISSN 1011-6370

Kashmir: sources of conflict, dimensions of peace
Bose, Sumantra (1999) Kashmir: sources of conflict, dimensions of peace. Survival, 41 (3). pp. 149-171. ISSN 0039-6338

The challenge in Kashmir: Democracy, self-determination and a just peace
Bose, Sumantra (1997) The challenge in Kashmir: Democracy, self-determination and a just peace. Sage Publications, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9780803993501

States, nations, sovereignty: Sri Lanka, India and the Tamil Eelam movement
Bose, Sumantra (1994) States, nations, sovereignty: Sri Lanka, India and the Tamil Eelam movement. Sage Publications, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9780803991705

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