Karuna Mantena

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Associate Professor of Political Science
115 Prospect St, Room 327
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2004
M.A, University of Essex, 1996
BSc, London School of Economics, 1995
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Karuna Mantena is Associate Professor of Political Science. Her research interests include modern political thought, modern social theory, the theory and history of empire, and South Asian politics and history.  Her first book, Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism (2010), analyzed the transformation of nineteenth-century British imperial ideology.  Her current work focuses on political realism and the political thought of M.K. Gandhi.
Since 2011, Karuna Mantena has been serving as co-director of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought.
Professor Mantena has taught courses on Indian politics, empire and political thought, postcolonial political thought, and History and Politics in the Directed Studies Program. This fall she is offering a new undergraduate lecture course on “Gandhi and the Politics of Nonviolence.”  In the spring, she will be teaching a graduate seminar on “Means and Ends in Politics.”
  • “Another Realism: The Politics of Gandhian Nonviolence,” American Political Science Review 106:2 (2012). 
  • “On Gandhi’s Critique of the State: Sources,  Contexts, Conjunctures,” Modern  Intellectual History.
  • Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of  Liberal Imperialism (Princeton, 2010).
  • “Genealogies of Catastrophe: Arendt on the  Logic and Legacy of Imperialism,” Politics in Dark Times: Encounters  with Hannah Arendt, eds. Seyla Benhabib, Roy T. Tsao, and Peter Verovsek  (Cambridge, 2010).
  • “The Crisis of Liberal Imperialism,” Victorian  Visions of Global Order: Empire and International Relations in  Nineteenth-Century Political Thought (Ideas in Context), ed. by DSA Bell  (Cambridge, 2007).  [Also in histoire@politique n°11,  Revue électronique du Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po (May-August, 2010)]
  • “Mill and the Imperial Predicament,” J. S.  Mill’s Political Thought: A Bicentennial Reassessment, eds. Nadia Urbinati  and Alex Zakaras (Cambridge, February 2007).
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