Gyan Prakash

Dayton-Stockton Professor of History

Gyan Prakash is the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, where he specializes in the history of modern India. His research and teaching focus on urban modernity, the colonial genealogies of modernity, and problems of postcolonial thought and politics. His book Mumbai Fables, an edited volume, Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City, and a co-edited volume, Utopia/Dystopia: Historical Conditions of Possibility were published by Princeton University Press in fall 2010. The Tower of Silence, a book based on a 1927 detective novel manuscript that he discovered and edited, was published in 2013. Mumbai Fables has been adapted for a film, Bombay Velvet, for which he wrote the original story and co-wrote the screenplay. His most recent book is Emergency Chronicles: Indira Gandhi and Democracy's Turning Point.