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JANAM MUKHERJEE

Title:

History

Office:

History

Specialization:

History

Biography:

Dr. Janam Mukherjee joined the Department of History in August 2013 as an historian of South Asia.

Dr. Mukherjee completed his PhD in the University of Michigan’s Interdisciplinary Program in Anthropology and History. His research focuses on the tumultuous period of 1939-46 in colonial India, particularly the political economy of famine in Bengal. Prior to his appointment to Ryerson, Dr. Mukherjee was a Fellow in the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University, where he completed his book, Hungry Bengal: War, Famine, Riots and the End of Empire. Dr. Mukherjee is also an anti-war activist and creative writer. His research and other writings have been published in both historical and literary journals.

In his new research, Dr. Mukherjee explores the social history of war, famine, and riots in Bengal, specifically the complex ways that the experience and turmoil affected the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

His teaching includes “Colonization, Colonialism, and Independence,” “East Meets West: Asia in the World,” and “Themes in Modern Asian History.” 

Janam was recently awarded the "New Faculty Teaching Award" by the Faculty of Arts. 

Department:

Dr. Mukherjee explores the social history of war, famine, and riots in Bengal, specifically the complex ways that the experience of trauma and turmoil affected the lives of individuals, families, and communities. His teaching includes “Colonization, Colonialism, and Independence,” “East Meets West: Asia in the World,” and “Themes in Modern Asian History.”