University Professor and Department Chair of Sociology
UVa Faculty Fellow
Krishan Kumar is University Professor, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, and Sociology Department Chair 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.
Professor Kumar has at various times been a Talks Producer at the BBC, a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, and a Visiting Professor at Bristol University; the University of Colorado at Boulder; the Central European University, Prague; the University of Bergen, Norway; and the École des Hautes Études 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; and The Making of English National Identity.
Mr. Kumar's current interests focus on empires and imperial peoples. Related interests include nationalism and nation identity, Europe, global history, and problems of historical sociology.