Neha Chatterji

Assistant Professor

Manipal Centre for Humanities


Subject Semester / Year
Understanding the Past BA Semester I
Caste, Religion and Society BA Semester II
History and the Idea of the Collective BA Semester VI
Empire and Nation in India BA Semester V
Politics of Identity MA Semester I
Ideas towards World History BA Semester IV
Writing the Past MA Semester II


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD History Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 2018
MPhil History Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 2012
MA History Jadavpur University, Kolkata 2010
BA History Jadavpur University, Kolkata 2008


Area of Interest

Social History of Modern India (with emphasis on articulations between politics, religion, spirituality and caste).

Area of Expertise

Specifically: Caste studies and Dalit studies in Bengal: the lesser-known worlds of subordinate-caste affirmations in twentieth and twenty-first century Bengal. Broadly: Social history of modern India; caste and religion; caste and politics; spiritual cults and politics, political subjectivities; caste and gender; caste, social-protest and the search for histories; vernacular histories; the question of archives and historical representation, etc.

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

Neha Chatterji is a SYLFF Fellow.

Subaltern Caste Concepts of the Political, Bengal 1900-1930

Forthcoming Neha Chatterji

in Marnix Beyen, Karen Lauwers and Sami Suodenjoki, eds, Subaltern Political Subjectivities and Practices in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Between Loyalty and Resistance, Routledge

Caste Protest in Lower Bengal: One Hundred Years of Dalit Dissent and its Solitude

2022 Neha Chatterji

Sekhar Bandyopadhyay and Tanika Sarkar (eds.), Caste in Bengal: Histories of Hierarchy, Exclusion and Resistance, Ranikhet: Permanent Black, in association with Ashoka University. pp. 259-290

Perspectives on Caste: The Nineteenth Century Bengali Literati

2018 Neha Chatterji

Sahapedia (

From Faith to Ideology: Spiritual Inspirations of Political Subjects, Bengal, 1900-1910

2018 Neha Chatterji

Bengal Past and Present, Vol-137, 2018, pp. 82-94

Between Caste and Gender

2016 Neha Chatterji

(review of Gender and Caste Hierarchy in Colonial Bengal: Inter-caste Interventions of Ideal Womanhood by Deboshruti Roychowdhury), The Book Review, Vol. XL, No. 7, 2016, pp. 36-37.

A Historian’s Experiments with Truth

2016 Neha Chatterji

(review of The Calling of History: Jadunath Sarkar and his Empire of Truth by Dipesh Chakrabarty), The Book Review, Vol. XL, No. 2, 2016, pp. 15-16.

‘Sekaler Nigarh O Ekaler Pratisruti: ‘Ganadevata’y Ganachetanar Nirmiti’ (‘The Shackles of Old and the Promise of New: The Construction of Popular Consciousness in the novel Ganadevata’)

2015 Neha Chatterji

Ebong Prantik, Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2015, pp. 50-68.