Field: East Asia/China
Advisor: Madeleine Zelin
Arunabh is a PhD candidate in modern Chinese history. His interests include social and economic history, the histories of science, statecraft, and quantification, as well as global history. Since Fall 2012 he has been serving as the Rapporteur for the University Seminar on Big Data and Digital Scholarship. In 2013-14 he will also be a Mellon Fellow of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) at Columbia University.
Arunabh’s dissertation is a study of statistics and state-society relations in the early People’s Republic of China (1949-). Two broad lines of inquiry frame the project. The first is empirical. How did the PRC state build capacity to ‘know’ the nation? The second is theoretical and explores the role of statistics and numbers in a strongly ideological state. Arunabh’s research and writing is supported by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and Columbia University.
A native of New Delhi, India, Arunabh received his undergraduate education at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and studied Chinese at the Inter-University Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Prior to matriculating at Columbia he spent two years as a research assistant at The Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C.