About Us


Dr. Milinda Banerjee is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He specializes in History of Modern Political Thought and Political Theory, and is Programme Director for the MLitt in Global Social and Political Thought. He is the author of The Mortal God: Imagining the Sovereign in Colonial India (Cambridge University Press, 2018). He has co-edited the volume, Transnational Histories of the ‘Royal Nation’ (Palgrave, 2017); the forum ‘Law, Empire, and Global Intellectual History’, in the journal Modern Intellectual History (Cambridge University Press, 2020); the special issue ‘The Modern Invention of ‘Dynasty’: A Global Intellectual History, 1500-2000’, in the journal Global Intellectual History (Routledge, 2020); and the special issue ‘Forced Migration and Refugee Resettlement in the Long 1940s: A Connected and Global History’, forthcoming in the journal Itinerario: Journal of Imperial and Global Interactions (Cambridge University Press, 2022). Banerjee has published two other monographs and several articles on the intersections of Indian and global intellectual history and political theory. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Political Theology (Routledge), and the founder-editor of two series with De Gruyter, ‘Critical Readings in Global Intellectual History’, and ‘Transregional Practices of Power’.

Shuvatri Dasgupta is a graduate student at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, and a Contributing Editor at the blog of Journal of History of Ideas. Her doctoral project, funded by the Cambridge Trust and Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, is tentatively titled “A History of Conjugality: On Patriarchy, Caste, and Capital, in the British Empire c.1872-1947.” By using the lens of Social Reproduction Theory (and Marxist-Feminist scholarship in general) her dissertation attempts to establish the importance of uncovering these histories of marriage not just as legal or gender histories, but as the origin point of private property ownership, and capitalist exploitation, in human history. She received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in History from Presidency University, Kolkata, India. She was also an exchange student and Charpak Fellow at Sciences Po Paris (Reims campus), studying for a certificate programme in European Affairs and B1 French. For her Master’s degree, she wrote a dissertation titled “Beyond local and global narratives: Concept Histories of the Baidya Community in Colonial Bengal, c.1870-1930.” Her general research interests include global history, gender history, intellectual history and political thought, histories of empire, histories of capitalism, Marxist and Marxist-feminist theory, and critical theory in general.

Dr. Jelle J.P. Wouters is a social anthropologist and teaches in the Department of Social Sciences at Royal Thimphu College, Royal University of Bhutan. He holds an MPhil (distinction) in social anthropology from the University of Oxford and a PhD in anthropology from the North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, where he was also a Wenner-Gren grantee. Prior to joining Royal Thimphu College in 2015, he taught at Sikkim Central University, India, and was a visiting faculty at Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany, under the ‘Excellence Initiative’ of the German Research Foundation. He has written about democracy, insurgency, violence, identity, and social history in Northeast India for Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Studies in History, Economic and Political Weekly, Asian Anthropology, Journal of Cambridge Anthropology, and other journals. He the author of In the Shadows of Naga Insurgency (Oxford University Press 2018) and Nagas as a Society Against voting and Other Essays (Highlander Books 2019) and the co-editor of Nagas in the 21st Century (Highlander Books 2017) and Democracy in Nagaland: Tribes, Traditions, and Tensions (Highlander Books 2018).