Baber, Zaheer


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Prof. Zaheer Baber

Zaheer is specializes in general, “big picture” Sociology. His broad research interests include but are not limited to social theory, science, technology and society, comparative and historical sociology, global sociology, race and racial projects globally, visual sociology etc. His research has been funded by SSHRC and he has collaborated on projects funded by NSERC. His books include The Science of Empire (1996), Secularism, Communalism and the Intellectuals (2006), CyberAsia (editor, 2005), Society, History, and the Global Human Condition (co-editor with Joseph M. Bryant, 2010) and he is a frequent contributor of review-essays to the Times Literary Supplement and Nature.

In addition to Sociology, he is affiliated with the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy; Centre for South Asian Civilizations and the Centre for South Asian Studies. His previous institutional affiliations include the University of Victoria, the National University of Singapore, the University of Tokyo as the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow, and the University of Saskatchewan as the Canada Research Chair.



The Science of Empire:(Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1996; Oxford University Press, 1998)

Reviewed in over 20 journals including Nature, The Times Literary Supplement, American Journal of Sociology, Canadian Journal of Sociology, American Historical Review, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Sociology, Journal of Contemporary Asia, The English Historical Review etc.

(Editor) CyberAsia: The Internet and Society in Asia. (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2005)

Secularism, Communalism and the Intellectuals. (New Delhi: Three Essays, 2006)

(Co-Editor with Joseph M. Bryant) Society, History and the Global Human Condition: Essays in Honor of Irving M. Zeitlin. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2010)

Selected Articles and Essays

“Beyond the Structure/Agency Dualism”, Sociological Inquiry, 1991

“Sociology of Scientific Knowledge: Lost in the Reflexive Funhouse?”, Theory and Society, 1992

“Colonizing Nature”, British Journal of Sociology, 2000

“Modernization Theory and the Cold War”, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 2001

“Orientalism, Occidentalism, Nativism”, The European Legacy, 2002

(co-author) “Sites of Resistance”, British Journal of Sociology, 2002

“Provincial Universalism”, Current Sociology, 2003

“Weed and Seed”, The Times Literary Supplement, 2004

“Race, Religion and Riots”, Sociology, 2004

“A Name for a Stray Dog: Global Civil Society”, International Sociology, 2008

“The Science Communicator”, Nature, 2008

“Racism without Races”, Sociology Compass, 2009

“The Rise of the Technium”, Nature, 2010

“Silk from Spiders”, The Times Literary Supplement, 2014

“Said, Mills and Jargon”, Economic and Political Weekly, 2014

“The Promise of Occupy”, International Sociology, 2015

“The Plants of Empire”, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 2016.

“Whitey on the Moon: The Politics of NASA” The Times Literary Supplement, 30 August 2017

“Of Research, Revenue and Whales: Scientific Research in the Tropics”, Asian Journal of Social Science 2018.


Social Theory; Comparative and Historical Sociology; Science, Technology and Society; Cyberculture; Race and Ethnicity; Globalization; Visual Sociology


Science, Technology and Society; Social Theory
Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
M.A. and M.Phil (University of Delhi)