Prof. Amiya P. Sen

Professor of modern Indian history at the Department of History & Culture, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi


Amiya P. Sen is by training a historian with special interest in the intellectual and cultural history of colonial India. Prof (Dr) Sen took his undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi and thereafter went on to do research under Prof. Sumit Sarkar, again at the University of Delhi. After a brief career in the civil services, he served the Universities of Delhi and Visva Bharati (as Tagore Professor at Rabindra Bhavan) and is currently professor of modern Indian history at the Department of History & Culture at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Prof. Sen was Agatha Harrison Fellow at the University of Oxford, Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi. Until mid 2016 he was the Heinrich Zimmer Chair at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.

Research Areas

Hinduism and the intellectual and cultural history of Modern India.

Research Interests

The intellectual and cultural history of colonial India and biographical studies on eminent Indian historical figures.

Selected Publications


  • Chaitanya. A life and legacy (Oxford University Press. 2019).
  • An Idealist in India. Selected Writings and Speeches of Sister Nivedita (Primus Books, 2016).
  • Rammohun Roy: A Critical Biography (Viking, 2012).
  • Explorations in Modern Bengal (c. 1800-1900): Essays on Religion, History and Culture, (Primus Books, 2010).
  • Hindu Revivalism in Bengal, 1872-1905: Some Essays in Interpretation (OUP India, 2001).

Chapters and Articles

  • “Theorising Bengal Vaishnavism. Bipinchandra Pal and New Perspectives on Religious Life and Culture”, in: Ferdinando Sardella & Lucian Wong eds., The Legacy of Vaishnavim in Colonial Bengal, Routledge, London & New York ( 2020).
  • “Hinduism under Interpretative Stress. A View from Nineteenth Century Bengal”, in: Sabyasachi Bhattacahrya ed., A Comprehensive History of Modern Bengal. 1700-1950 Vol. 2, Primus Publications, Delhi ( 2019).
  • “A Hindu Conservative Negotiates Modernity. Chandranath Basu (1844-1910) and Reflections on the Self and Culture in Colonial Bengal”, in: Rafael Klober & Manu Ludwig eds., Her Story. Historical Schlarship between South Asia and EuropeFestscrift in honour of Gita Dharampal Frick, Cross Asia Books, Heidelberg (2018).
  • “Debates within Colonial Hinduism”, in: Brian A. Hatcher ed., Hinduism in the Modern World, Routledge, New York & London (2015).
  • “Hindu Reform Movements in British India”, in: Gita Dharampal-Frick et al. eds., Key Concepts in Modern Indian Studies, Oxford University Press, New Delhi (2015).