People

Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Krishan Kumar

WILLIAM R. KENAN, JR., PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR

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.

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

Selected Publications

Books

Articles

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

Office

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

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

Phone | Fax

(434) 924-6522 | (434) 924-7028

Email

kk2d@virginia.edu

Courses

Undergraduate Level

  • SOC 1010 (101) - Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 3020 (302) - Introduction to Social Theory
  • SOC 3640 (2559) - Human Society in History
  • SOC 4090 (409) - Sociology of Literature
  • SOC 4054 (454) - Political Sociology

Graduate Level

  • SOC 5030 (503) - Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOC 5080 (508) - Comparative Historical Sociology
  • SOC 5400/7400 (740) - Empires
  • SOC 5720 (572) - Nations and Nationalism
  • SOC 7360 (736) - European Social Theory
  • SOC 8054 (771) - Political Sociology
  • SOC 8030/8040 (803/804) - Seminar Sociological Issues

University Seminars

  • USEM 171 - Nations and National Identity