Prasannan Parthasarathi

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Prasannan Parthasarathi

Prasannan Parthasarathi works in the Department of History, Boston College.

Prasannan Parthasarathi is a founder of the 25% Solution, which is building a citizen movement for cuts in the Pentagon budget. He also teaches South Asian and Global History at Boston College with a focus on economic development.[1]

Professor Parathasarathi joined the faculty in the fall of 1998. He teaches courses on modern South Asia and the British Empire. He has recently completed a book on the economic and social history of eighteenth-century South India, and he is now engaged in a comparative study of economic development in eighteenth-century Eurasia.[2]

He lives in Newton, MA, with his wife, Juliet Schor, and two children.


PhD, Harvard University, 1992.[3]

Representative Publications

  • The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850 (2009)
  • "The State of Indian Social History," Journal of Social History (2003)
  • "The Great Divergence," Past and Present (August 2002)
  • The Transition to A Colonial Economy: Weavers, Merchants and Kings in South India, 1720-1800 (2001)
  • "Rethinking Wages and Competitiveness in the Eighteenth Century: Britain and South India," Past and Present (1998)[4]

Sustainable Defense Task Force

The Sustainable Defense Task Force was formed in response to a request from Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), working in cooperation with Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), to explore possible defense budget contributions to deficit reduction efforts that would not compromise the essential security of the United States.

The Project on Defense Alternatives coordinated the work of the Task Force. Carl Conetta drafted the main body of the Task Force report in ongoing consultation with Task Force members who developed or digested proposals from the diverse sources cited in the report. A sub-committee of the Task Force reviewed the final draft before publication.

Members were;

"Speak Out"

In March 2011, Carly McClain and Prasannan Parthasarathi, were contacts for Boston Speak Out events, advertized in Boston's The Yankee Radical.[5]

32nd Annual Conference for Peace

Prasannan Parthasarathi, Judith LeBlanc, and the Rev. Robert Moore address audience questions during a speakers' panel.

The Coalition for Peace Action 's 32nd Annual Conference for Peace was held on November 13, 2011 at Princeton University. The Conference was entitled "Smart Security: Reducing Military Spending to Fund Urgent Needs at Home." The event featured talks from Dr. Gordon Adams, Jo Comferford, Dr. Prasannan Parthasarathi, Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswait, and Judith LeBlanc of the Communist Party USA, who encouraged the audience to be hopeful about our political progress, and to be involved with the current Occupy movements around the country.[6]

"Peace Action" parties

Party for Ed Markey for Senate!

Rep. Ed Markey Sunday, April 28, 2013, 4:00 pm • Suggested donation $50 to the Markey Campaign

Choice of 7 locations:

MAPA Officers

In 2014;

Massachusetts Peace Action board: Rosalie Anders, James Babson, Kinga Boratyn, Carol Coakley (vice chair), Shelagh Foreman, Bonnie Gorman, Burton Glass, So Yeon Jeong, Jeff Klein, John Maher, Eva Moseley, Guntram Mueler (chair), Prasannan Parthasarathi, John Ratliff, Pat Salomon, Dan Solomon. Ed Fund board: Christie Dennis, Eva Moseley, Gary Goldstein, Rosalie Anders (chair), Shelagh Foreman. Staff: Cole Harrison, executive director; Carol Coakley, ofice cordinator; Alina Michelewicz, campus organizer. Interns: Richard Reichman, Isabel Yu, Igor Bolshakov.[8]