Somaditya (Soma) Banerjee has a bachelors and masters in physics, completed graduate
work in history of science and technology from the University of Minnesota and finally
earned his doctorate in history from the University of British Columbia. Soma's research
interests are in Modern South Asian History and History of Science and he is completing
a book manuscript (under contract with Routledge Press) which examines the making
of modern physics in colonial India. He has participated in several national and international
conferences and received several institutional research grants and awards. He also
reviews book manuscripts and journal articles for various publishers. He is the Faculty
Advisor for Phi Alpha Theta (which won the best chapter award in 2019 for the 11th
consecutive time), History Club and the newly created India Club at Austin Peay and
currently teaches Early and Modern World History, Historical Methods, Modern India,
Mughal India and History of Science.
At Austin Peay, Banerjee is also the Secretary of the Faculty Senate and a member
of the Hispanic Cultural Center Advisory Committee and the Adjunct Committee. His
mentees are in various graduate programs at Harvard, Yale and Emory. Soma is also
on the Membership Committee for the History of Science Society and contributes as
a member to the Forum for the History of Science in Asia.
Dr. Banerjee also recently won the Mahatma Gandhi Leadership Award.
Under his mentorship, Austin Peay's history honor club wins 11th straight best chapter