Arnold P. Kaminsky

Arnold P. Kaminsky, Ph.D.

Arnold P. Kaminsky, Ph.D.Professor of History
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
562 985-5279 | Fax: 562 985-5431 | Office: FO2-209

Research Interests

Arnold P. Kaminsky is Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach, and former Chair of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies. He was the Founding Director of the Yadunandan Center for India Studies at CSULB.

Dr. Kaminsky’s research interests lie in the area of Modern South Asian/Indian History, while his teaching interests include World, British Imperial and Southeast Asian History.

A strong advocate of linkages between university and K-12 educators, he is the recipient of awards from the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education Award, sponsored by NEA for enhancing understanding and curricular development of Asian history and culture in the Middle School; a NEH Focus Grant for “Infusing Southeast Asia into the Middle and High School World History Curriculum,” and a Freeman Foundation Grant to infuse Asia into the teacher education curriculum. In recognition of his efforts and the outstanding success of these projects, Dr. Kaminsky received one of the National Education Association’s highest honors, the William G. Carr Memorial Award. He also serves on the Senior Editorial Board of the Association for Asian Studies journal Education about Asia.

For four years, Dr. Kaminsky headed a U.S. Department of State Colleges and University Affiliations Grant establishing a Faculty Development and Research Center at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia. This effort helped reestablish higher education in Cambodia in the aftermath of the “killing fields,” and guided Cambodian faculty in achieving international standards of teaching, research and publication. Most recently, he has been working with the National Knowledge Commission of India in establishing Teacher Education and Academic Leadership programs between the CSU, the Knowledge Commission, and Indian universities. He is also fostering a collaborative research project with Calcutta University and serves on the Academic Board of Iqbal-Narain – IGNOU Community College in Lucknow.


B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Selected Publications

 The India Office, 1880-1910  (Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, 1986)

India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic, co-editor with Roger D. Long, 2 vols. Santa Barbara: ABC CLO/Greenwood-Praeger Press, 2011).

Propaganda and the Raj: Britain, India and America, 1939-45 (in preparation)

Nationalism and Imperialism in South and Southeast Asia: Essays in Honor of D.R. SarDesai, edited with Roger D. Long (forthcoming, Manohar Publishers, 2012)

“Morality Legislation and British Troops in Late Nineteenth Century India.” Military Affairs, 43:2 (April, 1979), 78-83.

“Agents or Autocrats:  India’s Viceroys in the Late Nineteenth Century,” Asian Profile, 7:3 (June, 1979), 249-264.

“‘Lombard Street’ and India:  Currency Problems in the Late Nineteenth Century,” The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 17:3  (July-September, 1980), 307-327.

“Pressure on the Periphery:  Lobbies, Special Interests, and the Home Government of India, 1880-1910,” Journal of Indian History, 58 (April-December, 1980), Parts 1-3, 139-174.

“The India Office in the Late Nineteenth Century,” in Robert I. Crane and  N. Gerald Barrier (eds.), British Imperial Policy in India and Sri Lanka, 1858-1912: A Reassessment (Columbia, MO:  South Asia Books, 1981), 27-55.

“Managing the News Under the Raj: Communalism and Nationalism During World War II,” Indo-British Review–A Journal of History, 15:1 (Fall, 1988), 77-84.

“Hi-Tech and the Modern World Civilization Course: The Video Encyclopedia of the Twentieth Century,” The Social Studies Review, 29:2 (Winter, 1990), 54-70.

“Selling the Raj to America: Sir Freddy Puckle, 1941-45, in Roger D. Long (Ed.), Charisma and Commitment in Indian History: Esssays Presented to Stanley Wolpert (forthcoming, Longmans-Orient, 2001)

Article contributions to Historical Dictionary of the British Empire; Encyclopedia of India; Funk and Wagnalls Multimedia Encyclopedia, Historical Dictionary of Imperialism


Honors and Awards

Uberoi Foundation Grant, Freeman Foundation Grantee; U.S. Department of State, College and University Affiliations Grant; William G. Carr Memorial Award, National Education Association; National Endowment for the Humanities Focus Grant (NEH); National Foundation for the Improvement of Education Leadership Grant, National Education Association (NEA); NEH Travel to Collections Grant; Social Science Research Council–American Council of Learned Societies Postdoctoral Grant for International Research (Joint Committee on South Asia); American Philosophical Society Grants; U.S. State Department Scholar-Diplomat Seminar on South Asia; Town Hall of California-Haynes Foundation Intern Fellowship; Who’s Who in Asian Studies; Shell Companies Foundation Fellow; Patent Fund Research Grant, University of California; Grantee, UC Berkeley, Professional Studies Programme in India


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