I am at present the Vice-Chancellor of Vidyasagar University and formerly Professor and Head of the Department of history and the first Coordinator of the UGC-DRS programme (2004-2011) at the History Department, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. I was formerly a Senior Fulbright Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University, USA (1994-95), one of the earliest scholars in India to undertake researches in the history of crime, criminality, protest and environmental history of colonial India. In 1997, I was awarded the prestigious Charles Wallace Fellowship at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) to explore the social and cultural implications of power and the exercise of colonial power in such social or cultural spaces or sites such as the forest and its animals. I am a member of the editorial board of Global Environment (Florence, Italy www.globalenvironment.it). At different points of time in my career, I either taught or lectured at Brown University, London University, Roskilde University (Denmark), Centre of South Asian Studies (SOAS, London), Australian National University in Canberra, Sydney University of Technology, West Virginia University, Morgantown (USA), Rachael Carson Center (Munich), the German Historical Institute (Paris and Washington D. C.), Academia Sinica (Taiwan) and other institutions in India and abroad.
I was awarded Alexander O.Vietor Memorial Fellowship at Brown University for two months in 2004. I was a member of the International Preparatory and Programme Committees of the World Congress of Environmental History held in Copenhagen, Denmark in August 2009. (www.wceh2009.org). I have been twice awarded the Alfred Bell Fellowship (2007 and 2009) at the Forest History Society (USA) to work on Deforestation and Wildlife in Colonial and Post-colonial India. I was a member of the State (Govt. of West Bengal, India) Level Committee for the celebration of the 150th year of the Revolt of 1857. I am a member of several UGC committees and a nominee of the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Govt of India to Central Universities/Institutes. I am also the Visitor’s (President of India’s) nominee to Mizoram University (A Central University).
I am an internationally acclaimed historian with interest in environmental history and related areas like history of science and technology.