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Nabaparna Ghosh

  • Assistant Professor
Academic Division: History & Society


Nabaparna Ghosh is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies. Her teaching and research interests include modern South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh), empire and colonialism, comparative cities, urban history, postcolonial politics, and economic growth with a focus on environment and sustainability in the global south.
Professor Ghosh's book, A Hygienic City-Nation: Space, Community, and Everyday Life in colonial Calcutta( Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, June 2020) goes beyond town plans and maps to explore how kinship ties have configured urban space in South Asia, crafting areas of self-government within colonial town plans.
Professor Ghosh is also working on a research project that seeks to understand how climate change has impacted human and non-human lives in the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta; this research traces the history of a fragile delta ecosystem and establishes climate as an agent of history.
Ghosh received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, where she won the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Dissertation Completion fellowship. She has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow of History at The Cooper Union, New York, before joining Babson College.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Princeton University
  • MA, Princeton University
  • MA, Presidency College

Academic Interest / Expertise

Global History, South Asia, Urban History, Environmental History

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 — Travel Award, Global Urban History Project
  • 2017 — Fellowship for the Summer Institute on Space, Place, and the Humanities at Northeastern University, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 2013 — Princeton University International and Regional Studies Institute, dissertation Completion Award,, Princeton University



  • Ghosh, N. (2020). A Hygienic City Nation: Space, Community, and Everyday Life in Colonial Calcutta. Page: 241 pgs. Cambridge University Press.


  • Inclusion in the Classroom Ghosh, N. Forum on Innovative Teaching, Online (2021)
  • Caste, Property, and an Entangled History of colonial capitalism Ghosh, N. International Planning History Society, Moscow [ cancelled and made online because of COVID] (2020)
  • Property and its makings in colonial Calcutta Ghosh, N. Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin (2019)
  • The idea of the Para: Space and Community in colonial cities. Ghosh, N. Cities and Sustainability, Gottingen (2019)
  • The global versus local in making space in colonial Calcutta Ghosh, N. The Pursuit of Global Urban History, University of Leicester (2019)
  • Everyday Space and Neighborhoods in South Asia Ghosh, N. Urban Affairs Association, Los Angeles (2019)

Department & College Wide Services

  • Littauer Committee Fall 2018 (Fall 2018 - Present)
  • Start Up City Mini conference Planning (Fall 2018 - Present)