Krishan Kumar

William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology, University Professor

University of Virginia Sociology Department
Randall 228
P.O. Box 400766
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Office Hours:
Tuesdays 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Research Interests:

Social and Political Thought, Global History, Empires and Colonies, Nations and Nationalism, East-West comparisons.

Krishan Kumar is a University Professor, as well as William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. He was previously Professor of Social and Political Thought at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England.

He received his undergraduate education at the University of Cambridge and his postgraduate education at the London School of Economics.

Mr. Kumar has at various times been a Talks Producer at the BBC, a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, and has held Visiting Professorships at Bristol University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Central European University, Prague, the University of Bergen, Norway, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He has also been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Among his publications are Prophecy and Progress: The Sociology of Industrial and Post-Industrial Society; Utopia and Anti-Utopia in Modern Times; The Rise of Modern Society; From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society; 1989: Revolutionary Ideas and Ideals; The Making of English National Identity; Visions of Empire: How Five Imperial Regimes Shaped the World”; and Empires: A Historical and Political Sociology.

Mr. Kumar's current interests focus on empires and imperial peoples. Related interest include nationalism and national identity, Europe, global history, and problems of historical sociology.

Selected Publications



“English and French national identity: comparisons and contrasts.” Nations and Nationalism 12(3):413-432. (2006)