Professor, Department of Sociology
Center for South Asian Studies
3359 Mississauga Road North South Building, Room 2077A
Zaheer is a general sociologist whose broad research interests include social theory, science, technology and society, comparative and historical sociology, race and racial projects, visual sociology etc. He is currently engaged in a SSHRC funded project on the role of botanical gardens and colonial rivalries in the emergence of Botany as a science. 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 Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology, Centre for South Asian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Knowledge, Media and Design Institute. His previous institutional affiliations include University of Victoria, National University of Singapore, University of Tokyo as the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow, and the University of Saskatchewan as the Canada Research Chair.
Ph D. University of Toronto (1993)
M.Phil. University of Delhi (1984)
awards and distinctions
Canada Research Chair, University of Saskatchewan 2001-05
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow, December 1997
The Science of Empire: Scientific Knowledge, Civilization and Colonial Rule in India. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996.
(editor) CyberAsia: The Internet and Society in Asia Boston and Leiden: Brill, 2005.
Secularism, Communalism and the Intellectuals. Gurgaon: Three Essays, 2006.
“Public Transportation in an Era of Neo-Liberal Globalization: The Delhi Metro” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Vol. 11, October, 2010.
“When Rabbits Mate with Hens” The Times Literary Supplement 12 September 2014.
Classical Sociological Theory