Bose's field of specialization is modern South Asian and Indian Ocean history. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. His most recent book is A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006.) In it Bose crosses area studies and disciplinary frontiers and bridges the domains of political economy and culture. He was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997.