Prof. Prasenjit Duara is the Raffles Professor of Humanities and Director, Asia Research Institute as well as Director of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences at National University of Singapore. He is a historian of China and more broadly of Asia in the twentieth century. Duara also writes on historical thought and historiography. Previously he was Professor and Chair of the Department of History and of the Committee on Chinese Studies at the University of Chicago. In 1988, he published Culture, Power and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 (Stanford Univ Press), which won the Fairbank Prize of the AHA and the Levenson Prize of the AAS, USA. Duara has spoken as a keynote lecturer or distinguished speaker at over 75 institutions around the world since 1996