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Somaditya BanerjeeSomaditya Banerjee

Associate Professor

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. He works with his brilliant colleague David Rands to make Austin Peay a center of excellence in Asian Studies. 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 South Asia and History of Science.

Banerjee has recently been elected as the President-Elect of the Tennessee University Faculty Senates (TUFS). For more information see here:


Banerjee is the History of Science Section Chair at the Tennessee Academy of Science. 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.

Banerjee deeply appreciates and acknowledges the crucial importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to supporting and developing a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where all students, staff and faculty create and feel a sense of cohesiveness.

Dr. Banerjee also recently won the Mahatma Gandhi Leadership Award.

Austin Peay’s history honor club wins 11th straight best chapter award.

(For a list of Dr. Banerjee's publications, click here.)


B.Sc. (Hons) Physics, St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta
M.Sc. (Physics) University of Pune
M.S. (Physics) University of Arkansas
M.A. (History of Science & Technology) University of Minnesota
Ph.D. (History) University of British Columbia

Contact Info

Office: HH-343
Telephone: (931) 221-7916
E-mail: banerjees@apsu.edu

Courses Taught

Research Interests

The Making of Modern Physics in Colonial India