Aishwary Kumar, Stanford University

Assistant Professor Stanford, California aishwary@stanford.edu Office: (650) 724-5433

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Aishwary Kumar is a political theorist and intellectual historian of modern South Asia. He works on issues in moral and political philosophy, history of political thought and law, entanglements of religion, violence, and self-determination, and global lineages of constitutionalism, citizenship, a...

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Aishwary Kumar is a political theorist and intellectual historian of modern South Asia. He works on issues in moral and political philosophy, history of political thought and law, entanglements of religion, violence, and self-determination, and global lineages of constitutionalism, citizenship, and empire. He has also written on questions of classical rhetoric and epistemology, philosophy of action across a range of sacrificial, revolutionary, anti-caste, and anti-war traditions, the postcolonial struggle for normative orders (especially around faith, dignity, and the minority), and the moral standing of animals. Kumar's first book, Radical Equality: Ambedkar, Gandhi, and the Risk of Democracy (Stanford, 2015) was listed by The Indian Express among the 15 most important works on politics and morality to be published that year. The book examines the relationship between religious conceptions of freedom and the ethics of democratic dissent in anticolonial traditions, with an emphasis on the transformation of nationalist and theological articulations of sovereignty over the last two centuries. He is now completing, on traditions of mystical anarchism and democratic judgment, his second book, A Different Force: Ambedkar's Critique of Violence.

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