Krishan Kumar is University Professor and William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. He was previously Professor of Social and Political Thought at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. He was educated at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics.  Among his publications are 1989: Revolutionary Ideas and Ideals (2001), The Making of English National Identity (2003), and Visions of Empire: How Five Imperial Regimes Shaped the World (2017).  He is a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement.