Nazmul S. Sultan

Junior Research Fellow

Christ’s College, University of Cambridge

I am a political theorist with particular interests in the history of political thought, empire and anticolonial thought, popular sovereignty, and modern conceptions of the global. My current book project explores the question of popular sovereignty in modern Indian political thought. In so doing, the project traces the formation of the idea of democracy in colonial India and offers a new interpretation of the anticolonial democratic project. I am also in the early stages of a second project on how the imperial unification of the globe in the nineteenth and the unraveling of global empires in the twentieth century transformed the scope and orientation of political thought, both European and non-European.

My article on the problem of peoplehood in colonial India has appeared in the American Political Science Review. Another article on the federalist vision of popular sovereignty in early twentieth-century India is forthcoming in Political Theory

Before joining Cambridge, I completed my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Chicago in July 2020. I received an MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a BA in Philosophy and Politics from the City University of New York. Prior to that, I also studied briefly at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

In fall 2022, I will be joining the University of British Columbia as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. 

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