Gurminder K Bhambra is Guest Professor of Sociology and History at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University. She is also Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK and the 2016 Boaventura de Sousa Santos Chair in the Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra. She has previously held visiting positions at Princeton University, the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), the University of Brasilia, and at REMESO, Linkoping University.
Her first monograph, Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination (Palgrave, 2007), won the 2008 Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first book in sociology. It addressed how, within sociological understandings of modernity, the experiences and claims of non-European 'others' have been rendered invisible to the standard narratives and analytical frameworks of sociology. In challenging the dominant, Eurocentred accounts of the emergence and development of modernity, she has put forward an argument for the recognition of 'connected histories' in the reconstruction of historical sociology at a global level. This argument for a global historical sociology can be found in her second book, Connected Sociologies (Bloomsbury, 2014).
She is Series Editor of the Theory for a Global Age series, set up by Bloomsbury Academic and now published by Manchester University Press and, in 2015, she set up the Global Social Theory website to support students and academics interested in social theory in global perspective. She tweets in a personal capacity @gkbhambra
Article in journal (Refereed)
- Bhambra, G.K., Santos, B.D.S. (2017). Introduction : Global Challenges for Sociology. Sociology. 51. 3-10.
- Bhambra, G.K. (2016). Comparative Historical Sociology and the State : Problems of Method. Cultural Sociology. 10. 335-351.
- Bhambra, G.K. (2016). Undoing the Epistemic Disavowal of the Haitian Revolution : A Contribution to Global Social Thought. Journal of Intercultural Studies. 37. 1-16.
- Bhambra, G.K. (2016). Whither Europe? : Postcolonial versus Neocolonial Cosmopolitanism. Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. 18. 187-202.
- Bhambra, G.K. (2016). Postcolonial Reflections on Sociology. Sociology. 50. 960-966.
Chapter in book (Other academic)
- Bhambra, G.K. (2016). "Our Island Story" : The dangerous politics of belonging in austere times. Austere Histories in European Societies : Social Exclusion and the Contest of Colonial Memories. Routledge. 21-37.
Article, book review (Other academic)
- Bhambra, G.K. (2017). London is the Place for Me : Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race. Political quarterly (London. 1930. Print). Wiley-Blackwell. 88. 529-531.