In Memoriam: Satadru Sen (1969-2018)

Queens College Professor of History

It is with a profound sense of loss that the Queens College history department remembers Professor Satadru Sen, who passed away on October 8, 2018. An expert in South Asian history, he joined our faculty in 2006. His scholarship was his passion; through it he sought to expose the inequities and hypocrisies wrought by colonial regimes in South Asia and in the Indian Ocean world. His research ranged from the institutionalization of discipline and punishment to the global celebrity of a cricketer-turned-politician and its implications for understanding the experiences of subjects in imperial contexts. 
Sen’s five single-authored monographs include Disciplining Punishment: Colonialism and Convict Society in the Andaman Islands (Oxford University Press, 2000); Migrant Races: Empire, Identity and K.S. Ranjitsinhji (Manchester University Press, 2005); Colonial Childhoods: The Juvenile Periphery of India, 1860-1945 (Anthem Press, 2005); Savagery and Colonialism in the Indian Ocean: Power, Pleasure and the Andaman Islanders (Routledge, 2010); and Restoring the Nation to the World: Benoy Kumar Sarkar and Modern India (Routledge, 2015). In addition to these he also published two collections of essays and a co-edited volume as well as various scholarly articles and his blog.
We will dearly miss Satadru’s dedication to promising students, his penchant for activism of an intellectual stripe, and his sense of humor, however mordant.
He is survived by his wife Amanda, his daughters Mira and Leila, scores of fellow historians, and thousands of edified readers.