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Current Fellow

2018-2019 University of Windsor Humanities Fellow:

Dr. Ronjon Paul Datta 

Ronjon Paul Datta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology at the University of Windsor where he specializes in social theory. At the invitation of Dr. Steven Engler, editor of the Key Thinkers in Religious Studies from Routledge, he is presently writing a book entitled, Durkheim on Religion. Dr. Datta received his PhD in sociology from Carleton University, working under the supervision of Dr. Alan Hunt, leading global figure in the sociology of law and governance. He was awarded a Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal for his doctoral work on Michel Foucault, social theory, and politics. His Master’s thesis in sociology at Queen’s University, focused on Emile Durkheim, Michel Foucault and the sacred, was supervised by Professor Frank Pearce, author of the pathbreaking books The Radical Durkheim and Crimes of the Powerful. Prior to happily arriving at the University of Windsor in 2013, attracted in no small measure by the vibrant intellectual culture of the Humanities Research Group, he was an award-winning educator and Assistant Professor of Social Theory and Culture in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta, where he also served as Director of the Intermedia Research Studio. Dr. Datta has published a number of articles and book chapters on Durkheim, social theory, and contemporary social life. Topics addressed in his work include power and politics, religion, suicidality, zombie capitalism and the political economy of debt, security, and cosmopolitanism among others. He is a co-founder of the Canadian Network of Durkheimian Studies and a member of its Organizing Committee. The Network is affiliated with Durkheim scholars in Oxford, Paris, and Sao Paulo.