About Tejas Parasher

I am a political theorist and a Junior Research Fellow in Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. I write on issues related to the history of 20th century political and legal thought, particularly around questions of imperial rule and decolonization. My work has been published or is forthcoming in a variety of journals and edited volumes, including Modern Intellectual History, Polity, and the International Journal of Constitutional Law. My current book project, "The Body of the People: Popular Sovereignty in Indian Political Thought," recovers a largely forgotten tradition of direct democracy within South Asian constitutional thought of the interwar period. Much of my work focuses on the intellectual history of nationalist and other anti-imperial movements in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, with a particular regional focus on South Asia. I am also generally interested in the emerging subfields of global intellectual history and comparative political theory, and in the global circulation of ideas about democracy, constitutionalism, and state sovereignty in the 20th century. I am deeply committed to integrating more non-European authors and texts into both research and teaching in political thought and intellectual history.

Tejas Parasher is Junior Research Fellow in Political Thought and Intellectual History at King’s College, University of Cambridge.

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NBN Episodes hosted by Tejas:

Daniel Lee, "The Right of Sovereignty: Jean Bodin on the Sovereign State and the Law of Nations" (Oxford UP, 2021)

November 24, 2021

The Right of Sovereignty

Daniel Lee
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Sovereignty is the vital organizing principle of modern international law. Daniel Lee's book The Right of Sovereignty: Jean Bodin on the Sovereign Sta…

Paulina Ochoa Espejo, "On Borders: Territories, Legitimacy, and the Rights of Place" (Oxford UP, 2020)

October 21, 2021

On Borders

Paulina Ochoa Espejo
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When are borders justified? Who has a right to control them? Where should they be drawn? Today people think of borders as an island's shores. Just …

Sylvana Tomaselli, "Wollstonecraft: Philosophy, Passion, and Politics" (Princeton UP, 2020)

September 15, 2021


Sylvana Tomaselli
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Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, first published in 1792, is a work of enduring relevance in women’s rights advocacy. Howev…

Jason Frank, "The Democratic Sublime: On Aesthetics and Popular Assembly" (Oxford UP, 2021)

August 27, 2021

The Democratic Sublime

Jason Frank
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The transition from royal to popular sovereignty during the age of democratic revolutions—from 1776 to 1848—entailed not only the reorganization of in…

Steven Klein, "The Work of Politics: Making a Democratic Welfare State" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

July 20, 2021

The Work of Politics

Steven Klein
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The Work of Politics: Making a Democratic Welfare State (Cambridge University Press 2020) advances a new understanding of how democratic social moveme…

Erin R. Pineda, "Seeing Like an Activist: Civil Disobedience and the Civil Rights Movement" (Oxford UP, 2021)

July 7, 2021

Seeing Like an Activist

Erin R. Pineda
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There are few movements more firmly associated with civil disobedience than the Civil Rights Movement. In the mainstream imagination, civil rights act…

Tae-Yeoun Keum, "Plato and the Mythic Tradition in Political Thought" (Harvard UP, 2020)

June 10, 2021

Plato and the Mythic Tradition in Political Thought

Tae-Yeoun Keum
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Plato and the Mythic Tradition in Political Thought (Harvard UP, 2020) is an ambitious reinterpretation and defense of Plato’s basic enterprise and in…