Lectureship in Politics and Law

Karuna Mantena, associate professor of political science at  Yale University, will discuss "Writing about Ideas / Writing about Power."

Mantena holds a BSc (Econ) in international relations from the London School of Economics (1995), a master's degree in ideology and discourse analysis from the University of Essex (1996), and a doctorate in government from Harvard University (2004). Since 2011, Mantena has been serving as codirector of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought. She is also currently the chair of the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University.

Mantena’s 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 (Princeton, 2010), analyzed the transformation of 19th-century British imperial ideology. 

Mantena’s current work focuses on political realism and the political thought of Mahatma Gandhi. In 2012, she published “On Gandhi’s Critique of the State: Sources, Contexts, Conjunctures” in Modern Intellectual History and “Another Realism: The Politics of Gandhian Nonviolence” in the American Political Science Review.

The lecture is sponsored by TU's Department of Political Science, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities and the Social Science Interest Group.


Professor Mantena also will give an evening talk: 
“The Practice of Resistance: Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King”
April 20, 7 p.m., Tyrrell Hall Auditorium

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:00pm

Chapman Hall, Dean’s Conference Room
2830 East 5th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104-9700

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College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, History, Political Science, College of Law




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