Karuna Mantena

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Associate Professor of Political Science


115 Prospect Street, Rosenkranz Hall, Room 327
(203) 432-6102


  •  Ph.D., Harvard University, 2004
  •  M.A, University of Essex, 1996
  •  BSc, London School of Economics, 1995


Karuna Mantena is Associate Professor of Political Science. She holds a BSc(Econ) in International Relations from the London School of Economics (1995), an MA in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex (1996), and a PhD in Government from Harvard University (2004). 

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, the politics of nonviolence, 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.

This fall she is offering an upper level seminar on Theories of Political Action.  In the spring she will be teaching an undergraduate lecture course on Gandhi, King, and the Politics of Nonviolence as well as teaching in the Directed Studies program.




  • 2014-05-16 - Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities:  The Fifth Balzan-Skinner Lecture.  “Gandhi’s Realism: Means and Ends in Politics”.


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