Swati Chattopadhyay, Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Swati ChattopadhyaySpecialization
Modern architecture, the cultural landscape of British colonialism, Post-colonial and critical theory.


Arts 1210

Office hours: Fall 2015
None; on leave 2015-2016 academic year


B.Arch. Jadavpur University
M.Arch. University of Arizona
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

 Swati Chattopadhyay is an architect and architectural historian, and the author of Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism, and the Colonial Uncanny (Routledge, 2005; paperback 2006); Unlearning the City: Infrastructure in a New Optical Field (Minnesota, 2012), and coeditor with Jeremy White of City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space (Routledge, 2014). Her awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; the National Science Foundation Grant; two grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies; a J. Paul Getty Fellowship; a Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study Fellowship; a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from Queen Mary, University of London; and the Society of Architectural Historian's Founder's Award. She has served as the Director of the Subaltern-Popular Workshop, a University of California Multi-campus Research Group (www.ihc.ucsb/subaltern), and as the editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2011-14. She has also coedited a special issue of PostColonial Studies (Nov 2005) focusing on subalternity and popular culture, and guest-edited a special section of Urban History (Feb 2012), titled, "Suburbs in India." As the 2015-16 Guggenheim Fellow she is working on a book project, "Nature's Infrastructure: British Empire and the Making of the Gangetic Plains, 1760-1880.”