Prof. Paul R. Brass
Specialization: The Politics of Northern India, 1937 to 2007
Home institution in US: University of Washington, Seattle
Host Institution in India: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi     
Start date/Month in India: October/November 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Prof. Paul R. Brass is Professor (Emeritus) of political science and international studies at the University of Washington. His most recent books are An Indian Political Life: Charan Singh and Congress Politics, 1937 to 1961 (Sage 2011); Forms of Collective Violence: Riots, Pogroms, and Genocide in Modern India (Gurgaon: Three Essays Collective: 2006) and The Production of Hindu-Muslim Violence in Contemporary India (University of Washington Press 2003 and Oxford University Press India). He is editor of the Handbook of South Asian Politics (Routledge 2009) and is currently working on a multi-volume history of northern Indian politics from 1937 to 1987 based largely on the papers of former Prime Minister Charan Singh and supplemented by his own research and interviews from 1961 to the present.

Prof. Brass’ Fulbright project, “The Politics of Northern India: 1937 to 2007,” encompasses the writing of a multi-volume history of north Indian politics from 1937 to 2007 based upon four sets of sources: his own personal, in-depth interviews carried out over 27 field trips to India between 1961 and 2010; the personal files of former Prime Minister (1979) Charan Singh, one of the most important politicians in northern India from 1937 to 1987; the papers of Sucheta Kripalani, chief minister of the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh between 1962 and 1967; and archives and interviews in India among the surviving political figures from the period and their descendants.