Akash Bhattacharya

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • History of Education and Pedagogy
  • Trajectories of Liberal democratic politics in South Asia


Akash Bhattacharya is a historian and has worked on a range of themes including history of education and pedagogy in colonial India, colonial vernacular literature, and the politics of modern history writing. 

His doctoral research focused on the social origins of Liberal education in colonial India. He has increasingly taken an interest in policy research in education, especially its interface with labor policy. 

An avid follower of Indian politics, he also writes commentaries on topical issues including social movements, secularism, state repression, and so on, in addition to the politics of education.

Publications and Writings

Research Articles

Political Commentary

On-going Projects

Book Project, tentatively titled In the Name of the People: The Origins of Public Education in India