Dr Jayati Bhattacharya

South Asian Studies Programme

B.A. (Hons.)(North Bengal), M.A. (North Bengal), Ph.D. (JNU)
Tel: (65) 6516-8474
Email: sasjb@nus.edu.sg
Office: AS8 06-38

Dr Jayati Bhattacharya completed her Ph.D. in Business History from the Centre for Historical Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Before joining NUS, she worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and earlier had teaching experiences in India (Loreto College, Darjeeling), and in China (Qingdao University, China). She enjoys teaching and finds motivation and enrichment in interacting with young and innovative minds.


Research Interests/Publications:

Her research interests and some publications are rooted in her interdisciplinary training in Indian business history. Recently, she has become interested in research in Diaspora studies, India-Singapore relations, Comparative Diasporas, and connected histories in the Indian Ocean region. She has been particularly interested in the transnational linkages across the Bay of Bengal region through comparisons and networks between peoples, polities, commodities and ideas circulated in the space through different periods of time. Her publications include Beyond the Myth: Indian Business Communities in Singapore (Singapore: ISEAS, 2011), and a co-edited volume on the Comparative Diasporas, Indian and Chinese Immigrant Communities: Comparative Perspectives (London: Anthem-ISEAS, 2015). Some of her recent articles are “Sea of Changes: Shifting Trajectories Across the Bay of Bengal” in Asian Politics and Policy, Vol.9, No.2 (2017): 245-267; “Beyond the Glitterati: The Indian and the Chinese Jewellers of Little India” in her co-edited volume, Indian and Chinese Immigrant Communities: Comparative Perspectives, Singapore: Anthem-ISEAS: London, 2015, pp.91-108; and "Connectivity Across Colonial Bay of Bengal in the 19th and 20th Centuries" in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History, Ed. David Ludden. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019 (forthcoming). At present, she is working on India–Singapore bilateral relations for a book manuscript. This project will focus on the various aspects of the bilateral relations that have come to play a significant role in the foreign policy initiatives of the respective nation-states as well as in the larger framework of the Asian geopolitical scenario.


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