Karuna Mantena is Associate Professor of Political Science. Her research interests include modern political thought, modern social theory, the theory and history of empire, and South Asian politics and history. Her first book, Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism (2010), analyzed the transformation of nineteenth-century British imperial ideology. Her current work focuses on political realism and the political thought of M.K. Gandhi.
Since 2011, Karuna Mantena has been serving as co-director of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought.
Professor Mantena has taught courses on Indian politics, empire and political thought, postcolonial political thought, and History and Politics in the Directed Studies Program. This fall she is offering a new undergraduate lecture course on “Gandhi and the Politics of Nonviolence.” In the spring, she will be teaching a graduate seminar on “Means and Ends in Politics.”