Tansen Sen

Tansen Sen
Director of the Center for Global Asia, Professor of History, NYU Shanghai; Associated Professor of History, Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU
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Tansen Sen is the Director of the Center for Global Asia, a Professor of History at NYU Shanghai, and an Associate Professor of History in the Department of History at NYU. He specializes in Asian history and religions and has special scholarly interests in India-China interactions, Indian Ocean connections, and Buddhism. He is the author of Buddhism, Diplomacy, and Trade: The Realignment of Sino-Indian Relations, 600-1400 (2003; 2016) and India, China, and the World: A Connected History (2017). He has co-authored (with Victor H. Mair) Traditional China in Asian and World History (2012) and edited Buddhism Across Asia: Networks of Material, Cultural and Intellectual Exchange (2014). He is currently working on a book about Zheng He’s maritime expeditions in the early fifteenth century and co-editing (with Engseng Ho) the Cambridge History of the Indian Ocean, volume 1.

He has done extensive research in India, China, Japan, and Singapore with grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Japan Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore). He was the founding head of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Center in Singapore and served on the Governing Board of the Nalanda University.

Read more about Sen in From India to China, Tansen Sen’s Journey between Two Nations.


  • PhD
    University of Pennsylvania
  • MA
    Peking University


Courses Taught

  • Chinese Maritime History
  • Global China Studies Senior Capstone Seminar
  • Independent Study I - Humanities
  • Methods in China Studies
  • The Concept of China
  • Tianxia: Traditional China and the World
  • Topics in Asia-Pacific History
  • World History: Part I