YIF is delivered by the best academicians and practitioners from India and abroad. The faculty members at YIF are not only renowned for the impact and contribution they have made to their field of interest, but are also known for their ability to inspire students with their original ideas and create an extraordinary learning environment both inside and outside the classroom.

Faculty confirmed to teach at the programme in 2013-2014 include:

  • Stéphanie Balme

    Stéphanie Balme

    Stéphanie Balme is presently the Chargée de recherche, Sciences Po and heads the Sciences Po research group "Justice, Law and Society in China". She is also a visiting professor at the Tsinghua University School of Law (Beijing), China delegate for Civil Law Initiative, teacher at the China-EU School of Law based in Beijing and vice-president of the French-Chinese Legal Study and Research Association. Stéphanie Balme received her PhD (Sciences Po), various MA degrees and post-graduate studies from Sciences Po, The French School of Oriental Studies, Fudan University in Shanghai and The Faculty of Humanities in Bordeaux. She also specialised in Education in Chinese Law in Hong Kong in 2004. She is also affiliated with the Chinese University of Hong Kong and University Service Center for China Studies (2003-2006). She was also a former co-chairman with Christopher Goscha (UQAM) of the CERI study group on contemporary Vietnam and a regular consultant for international organisations. Fluent in English and in Chinese (mandarin), she felicitates various training programmes in China.

  • Amita Baviskar

    Amita Baviskar

    Amita Baviskar is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. Her research focuses on the cultural politics of environment and development. Her first book In the Belly of the River: Tribal Conflicts over Development in the Narmada Valley (Oxford University Press) discussed the struggle for survival by adivasis in central India against a large dam. Her subsequent work further explores the themes of resource rights, subaltern resistance and cultural identity. She has edited Waterlines: The Penguin Book of River Writings (Penguin India); Waterscapes: The Cultural Politics of a Natural Resource (Permanent Black); Contested Grounds: Essays on Nature, Culture and Power (Oxford University Press); and Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes (with Raka Ray, Routledge). She is currently writing about bourgeois environmentalism and spatial restructuring in the context of economic liberalization in Delhi. Amita Baviskar has taught at the University of Delhi, and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford, Cornell, Yale and the University of California at Berkeley. She is co-editor of the journal Contributions to Indian Sociology. She was awarded the 2005 Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies, the 2008 VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research, and the 2010 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences.

    Amita did her BA in Economics from University of Delhi, MA in Sociology from University of Delhi and earned a PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University.

  • Andre Béteille

    Andre Béteille

    Andre Béteille is one of India's leading sociologists and writers. He is particularly well known for his studies of the caste system in South India. He is a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology.

    He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology from the University of Calcutta. Thereafter he received his doctorate from the University of Delhi. After a brief stint at the Indian Statistical Institute as a research fellow, he joined the faculty of sociology at the DSE.

    In his long and distinguished career, he has in the past taught at Oxford University, Cambridge University, the University of Chicago, and the London School of Economics. He is currently Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and of the Indian Council of Social Science Research.

    In 2005, Professor Béteille received the Padma Bhushan as a mark of recognition for his work in the field of Sociology. The same year he was appointed a member of the Prime Minister's National Knowledge Commission. In 2006, following a proposal for increasing caste-based reservations, Andre Beteille quit the Commission in protest. In 2006, he was made National Professor.

  • Vivek Bhandari

    Vivek Bhandari

    Dr Vivek Bhandari was the Director and Professor of Social Science at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) in India. He is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and the University of Pennsylvania. After earning his doctorate from UPenn, he became a faculty member at the School of Social Sciences at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. In this capacity, Dr Bhandari also taught and researched collaboratively at academic institutions in the Five College Consortium located in Massachusetts. He had been in this present role since 2007, when he moved to India after fifteen years in the US.

    Born on March 4, 1970, Dr Bhandari is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. He did his BA (Honors) in History from St. Stephen’s College, and then a Master’s in Modern History from the University of Delhi. He went on to do a second Master’s in South Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and proceeded to complete his PhD in History from the same university.

    Most recently, as a co-author of "The State of Panchayats Report: An Independent Assessment, 2007-08,” India’s first macro-study of institutions of local self-governance in India, Dr Bhandari has taken a particular interest in the study of social and community mobilizations in India, and explored strategies for mediation between the state and extremist movements. His work as a professor and the director of IRMA involves an in-depth engagement with the changing character of rural India, and the role that academic and civil society organisations can play in shaping the country’s fast-unraveling rural transformation. In 2008, Business Today magazine included him in its list of “India’s Top 25 Young Executives under the age of 40.” Most recently, on a short break from IRMA, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Cyrille Bret

    Cyrille Bret

    Cyrille Bret is at present an Assistant Professor at the Paris Institute for Political Studies. He is a laureate of the National School of Government, Prime Minister’s Office and also a Laureate of the National School for Humanities at Ecole Normale Supérieure. Cyrille received his PhD in 2004 and his master’s degree in political science in 2001 from the Paris Institute for Political Studies. He also received a master’s degree in Russian language and Civilisation from Sorbonne University. 

    Cyril has also worked as an Assistant Professor in Political Sciences, Sorbonne University, Paris from 2006-2008, as an Assistant Professor in Philosophy, National School for Humanities from 2006 to 2007, as a Teaching Assistant to Pr. Thomas Nagel, New York University Law School from 2001 to 2005, as a Teaching Assistant in Philosophy, Sorbonne University, Paris and also as a Teaching Assistant in Soviet History, Moscow State University between 1996-1997.

    Cyril has several awards to his credit. In 2006 he was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for a Paper on Counter-Terrorism and the Zellidja Foundation Fellowship for a Paper on Immigration Management in the Middle East in 1995. 

    Cyril was a member of the support team to the government of the Hellenic Republic and delivered trainings in reorganisation, financial and HR audit, etc. in 2012. He was also member of the support team to the government of Morocco: trainings in reorganisation, cost reduction plans, financial and HR audit, etc. Cyril was also a consultant for the French National School for the Judiciary and gave trainings in public law drafting. Cyril is fluent in English, Russian and French.

  • Geetanjali Singh Chanda

    Geetanjali Singh Chanda

    Geetanjali Singh Chanda is a senior lecturer in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Yale University, where she has taught courses on globalization, autobiographies, family, cultural identity, popular culture, international feminisms and postcolonial India since 2001.

    Professsor Chanda received her PhD in English Literature from Hong Kong University, where she also taught courses in the Programme in American Studies. She received her Master's degree from George Washington University and taught at Gettysburg College. She has spoken at international fora and published widely on notions of home, family, and gender in Indian English literature in US and international publications. Her research interests include popular culture and feminist and transcultural pedagogy, masculinities and religion.

    She has convened and organised seminars, symposia and cultural events at Yale and participated in them in academic settings around the world. Professor Chanda has been published in many professional journals, magazines, and newspapers, as well as having written a book: Indian Women in the House of Fiction (Zubann Books, Delhi, 2008), which is in its second edition. Her most recent journal articles include: “Sikh Masculinity, Religion, and Diaspora in Shauna Singh Baldwin’s English Lessons and Other Stories (co-authored with Staci Ford) and Men and Masculinities (Month 2009 1-21, #2009 Sage Publications). The Urban Apartment as “Womanspace”: Negotiation Class and Gender in Indian English Novels (South Asian Review, Special Issue, 2009).

  • Sanjeev Chatterjee

    Sanjeev Chatterjee

    Dr Sanjeev Chatterjee is Vice Dean, Associate Professor and Executive Director at the Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami, where he has taught classes in studio and field production, media and society, writing and documentary production at the University of Miami. He received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002 and has been nominated two more times since.

    Professor Chatterjee is producer, co-director and writer of a global motion picture project about potable water entitled “One Water”. An earlier short version of the film won two awards at the Broadcast Education Association and has been screened at special United Nations conferences in 2004 and 2005.

    Prof. Chatterjee’s earlier documentary work explores issues of identity among people in the Indian diaspora. His films on the topic are “Bittersweet” (1995) about Asian Indians in the United States and “Pure Chutney” (1998) about people of Indian origin in Trinidad. “Pure Chutney” won second place at the Film South Asia competition in Kathmandu in 1999. In 2005 Professor Chatterjee completed “Dirty Laundry” - an essay film about people of Indian origin living in South Africa.

    In 1999-2000, Professor Chatterjee was commissioned by the National Geographic Channel to produce television reports about environment and culture in India. The topics of these reports ranged from deforestation and habitat fragmentation to the survival of folk and classical dance in India.

    Professor Chatterjee has served on the Advisory Board for the Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy since its inception in 2003. In 2006 he accepted the responsibility to advise the global online enterprise databazaar.com on their philanthropy aimed at supporting American and Indian students in the fields of Visual Journalism. Professor Chatterjee earned his M A in English Literature from Delhi University and his M.F.A. in Television Production from Brooklyn College.

  • Anunaya Chaubey

    Anunaya Chaubey

    Anunaya Chaubey is a well-known artist and Principal of the College of Arts & Crafts, Patna University. Dr Chaubey also teaches English Literature at Patna University.

    A self-taught painter, he has had a few exhibitions of his paintings in India and Canada. Many paintings of his are to be found in private and public collections the world over. 

    For his Doctoral thesis Dr Chaubey worked on Ezra Pound’s critical theories and practice. ‘The natural object is always the adequate symbol,’ is one of his favourite Poundean precepts. 

    In 2008, he was invited by the Government of Mauritius as a Visiting Fellow to set up the department of Arts and Crafts at the Rabindranath Tagore Institute.

  • Paul Clavier

    Paul Clavier

    Paul Clavier is at present an Associate Professor, Philosophy Department at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, rue d’Ulm and was also a Fellow of Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, rue d’Ulm. Paul was also a Professeur Agrégé de Philosophie in 1987 and also a Teaching Assistant at Aix-Marseille University between1991-1994.

    Paul received his Ph D from the University Paris-IV Sorbonne in 1993 in “Système cosmologique et philosophie transcendantale”. He also worked as an Associate Professor at Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg between1994-1999, Associate Professor habilitated to lead doctoral researches since 2009. Paul`s main work deals with History of metaphysics, Moral philosophy and Philosophy of religion.

    He has also written a number of books such as, Kant, Les idées cosmologiques (Paris, PUF 1997, 128 p. réed. 2003 Quadrige), Premières leçons sur Critique de la raison pure (Paris, PUF 1996, 128 p.), La raison (Paris, Hatier 1998, collection profil notions, 80 p.), Le concept de monde (Paris, PUF 2000, 325 p.), Dieu sans barbe (février 2002, La Table ronde, 158 p.), Qu’est-ce que la théologie naturelle ? (Paris,Vrin 2004, 128 p.), Qu’est-ce que le Bien? (Vrin 2010, 128 p.), Ex nihilo, enquête sur la thèse philosophique d’une création du monde, Hermann 2011, 2 vols de 450 p. Volume 1 : L’entrée en philosophie du concept de création.,Volume 2 : Scénarios de sortie de la creation, Qu’est-ce que le créationnisme ? (Paris,Vrin 2012, 128 p.).

    In the International arena Paul has delivered lectures on the grammatical logic of the concept of Justice at University of Cluj-Napoca, Rumania, at conferences (Metaphysics and Technology) in Rio de Janeiro, Bel Horizonte and Sao Paulo (Brazil), at East China Normal University of Shanghaï, (Roots of western metaphysics, Skepticism, Philosophy of religion) (China).

  • Mandakini Dubey

    Mandakini Dubey

    Mandakini Dubey earned her PhD in English (Victorian literature) at Duke University. Her dissertation, Esotericism and Orientalism: Nineteenth-Century Narrative Initiations, brought orientalist disciplines like philology and comparative religion into conversation with a range of narrative modes: classic Victorian literary prose and poetry, occultist writings by figures like Madame Blavatsky of the Theosophical Society, and translated Persian poetry. 

    Mandakini has taught several courses in academic writing as well as in Victorian, Anglophone and Postcolonial literature for many years, both as a graduate student at Duke and, since completing her PhD, at Drew University (New Jersey) and IIT, Delhi. Her interest in the instruction of academic analysis and writing has also been shaped by her experience as a tutor at the Duke University Writing Studio and earlier, at the Mount Holyoke College Writing Center. Mandakini's course at the YIF engages a longtime interest in creating a curriculum for critical thought and writing tailored to the Indian context.

  • Patrick Le Galès

    Patrick Le Galès

    Patrick Le Galès is both a sociologist and a political scientist. He held previous research, teaching and visiting position at Sciences Po Rennes, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UCLA, University Milan Bicocca, SURF, University of Salford. He was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the EUI Florence. He works and teaches in three areas: Comparative public policy in Europe, State restructuring, governance, theories of public policies; Urban sociology; Economic sociology/political economy.

    At Sciences Po Paris, he is one of the coordinator of the "Public policy groupe" and he coordinates the "Cities/metropolis/cosmopolis" research unit. He coordinates the French group for the EU Research and Training Network "UrbEurope" and the doctorate URBEUR (with university of Milan Bicocca) He is the scientific director of the master "Urban and territorial policies strategies" at Sciences Po Paris. He teaches and supervises students in the PhD Programme on public policy.

    Recent publications include: "European cities, social conflict and governance", Oxford University Press, 2002 (UNESCO Stein Rokkan prize for comparative research in 2003); Crouch, C., Le Galès, P., Trigilia, C., Voeltzkow, "The changing governance of local economies in Europe, "Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004; (ed.with Pierre Lascoumes) "Gouverner par les instruments", Paris: Presses de Sciences po, 2004.

  • Sergei Guriev

    Sergei Guriev

    Dr. Sergei Guriev is a Morgan Stanley professor of Economics and the Rector of the New Economic School (NES) in Moscow until he resigned on 30 April, 2013 and fled to France. He joined NES in 1998 focusing on research and teaching and became a full-time permanent faculty member in 1999. He was also teaching graduate courses in Economics of Development, Microeconomic theory and Contract theory.

    His primary interests are in Contract theory, Corporate governance, Labour mobility, Political Economics, Economics of development and transition. His work is frequently published in various Russian and international journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of European Economic Association and Journal of Economic Perspectives. He was earlier running a monthly column in Forbes Russia and a biweekly column for the leading Russian business daily Vedomosti. He has also contributed numerously to columns in the New York Times, SmartMoney, Moscow Times, and Expert. He is a visiting Professor of Economics at the Instituts d'études politiques in Paris

    In 2006, Sergei was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2000 and 2005, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Best Research in Development Economics by the Global Development Network.

    Sergei was born on 21 October, 1971 in Vladikavkaz, Russia. He received his high school diploma in 1988 from Kiev Physics Mathematics High School. In 1993 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with Masters Degree in Economics and Computer Science, and in 1994 received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from The Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1997–98, he visited the Department of Economics at MIT for a one-year post-doctoral placement. In 2002 he received a degree of Doctor of Science in Economics. In 2003–2004 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at Princeton University and has been a research affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London since 1999.

  • Jonathan Gil Harris

    Jonathan Gil Harris

    Jonathan Gil Harris is Professor of English at Ashoka University. Prior to this he has taught at George Washington University, Washington DC. He has also held positions at  Ithaca College, New York, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. The past recipient of fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, he has also served as Associate Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly since 2005.

    Professor Harris is the author of five books: Foreign Bodies and the Body Politic: Discourses of Social Pathology in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 1998); Sick Economies: Drama, Mercantilism, and Disease in Shakespeare’s England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004); Untimely Matter in the Time of Shakespeare (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008, named by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2009); Shakespeare and Literary Theory (Oxford University Press, 2010); and Marvellous Repossessions: The Tempest, Globalization, and the Waking Dream of Paradise (Ronsdale Press, forthcoming 2012). He coedited, with Natasha Korda, Staged Properties in Early Modern English Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2002). He is also the editor of the third New Mermaids edition of Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday (Methuen, 2008); Placing Michael Neill: Issues of Place in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama (Ashgate Press, 2011); and Indography: Writing the “Indian” in Early Modern England (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2012).

    Professor Harris is currently spending a year in Delhi to work on a book project called Becoming Indian, which considers poor European travellers to India in the seventeenth century – servants, soldiers, masterless men – who to lesser and greater extents became Indian, and whose elusive lives suggest the outlines of alternative Indo-European histories that potentially unsettle modern conceptions of bodies, race, and foreignness.

  • Christophe Jaffrelot

    Christophe Jaffrelot

    Christophe Jaffrelot is Research Director at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po (Paris). He was Director of CERI (Centre d’Etudeset de Recherches Internationales) at Sciences Po, between 2000 and 2008. His research interests include: theories of nationalism and democracy; mobilization of the lower castes and untouchables in India; Hindu nationalist movement; ethnic conflicts in Pakistan.

    Christophe holds degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP), the University of Paris I-Sorbonne, the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) and a PhD in political science. He joined the CNRS in 1991 and was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal in 1993. He became a senior research Fellow in 2002. He has served as director of CERI of 2000-2008.Directs four book series published by Fayard, Autrement, Hurst and Palgrave; former editor-in-chief (1998-2003) and current director of Critique Internationale. He is the member of the steering committee of Aspen France and of the scientific councils of SüdasienInstitut, Heidelberg and IUED, Geneva. He chairs the Asia Group at the DGCID of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    He also teaches Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's University India Institute and is a regular Visitor at the universities of Yale, Princeton, SAIS and Columbia University. He has to his credit publications such as, India’s Silent Revolution. The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India, London, Hurst, 2003, The Hindu nationalist movement and Indian politics, 1925 to the 1990s, London, Hurst 1999. His recent publications include Armed Militias of South Asia, Co-editor with L. Gayer, London, Hurst, 2010, India since 1950, Yatra Books / Cambridge University Press, 2011, and Muslims in Indian Cities, Hurst / Harper Collins, 2012 which is still forthcoming.

  • Dwight Jaggard

    Dwight Jaggard

    Dr Dwight Jaggard is Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering and Undergraduate Curriculum Chair at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Dr Jaggard consults, coaches and teaches around the world on leadership development, team building, enhancing communications and influence as well as on technical topics. His blend of interpersonal, business, academic and technology skills provides an ideal background for working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), and is director of the EMTM (Executive Master’s of Technology Management) Program at Penn. He was the co-founder of a high-technology business. 

    Dr Jaggard has successfully taught over a thousand students on three continents about the foundations of leadership. He has published some 120 journal papers, authored numerous book chapters, edited a book and given several hundred technical talks. He has also been awarded five patents.

  • Devesh Kapur

    Devesh Kapur

    Devesh Kapur was appointed Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India in 2006. He is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds the position of Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India. Prior to arriving at Penn, Professor Kapur was Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and before that the Frederick Danziger Associate Professor of Government at Harvard. 

    His research focuses on human capital, national and international public institutions, and the ways in which local-global linkages, especially international migration and international institutions, affect political and economic change in developing countries, especially India. His new book, Diaspora, Democracy and Development: The Impact of International Migration from India on India, was published by Princeton University Press in August 2010. 

    He is the recipient of the Joseph R. Levenson Teaching Prize awarded to the best junior faculty, Harvard College, in 2005.

    Professor Kapur holds a B Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University; an M S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota; and a Ph D from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.

  • A. K. Shiva Kumar

    A. K. Shiva Kumar

    A. K. Shiva Kumar is a development economist and professor. In addition to serving as an advisor to UNICEF - India, he is a member of India's National Advisory Council. The council was set up in June 2004 to oversee the implementation of India’s National Common Minimum Programme.

    Dr Kumar earned his postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and his M A in economics from Bangalore University. He also holds a Master's degree in public administration and a Ph.D in political economy and government from Harvard University.

    Shiva Kumar teaches economics and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a visiting professor at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. He has focused his research on poverty and human development, social sector analysis, and the impact of development policies on children and women.

    Kumar has been a regular contributor to UNDP's Annual Human Development Reports. He has also been associated with the preparation of national human development reports in a number of countries including Bhutan, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar and Serbia. In 2003, Kumar co-edited the book Readings in Human Development. His other publications include the Public Report on Basic Education (PROBE) (Oxford University Press, 1999) and a co-authored report entitled, Women in India: How free? How Equal?, for the UN System in India.

  • Madhavi Menon

    Madhavi Menon

    Madhavi Menon is Professor of English at Ashoka University. 

    Madhavi Menon is interested in desire. She is the author of Wanton Words: Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama (University of Toronto Press, 2004), which explores how Renaissance rhetoric manuals encounter and present desire; and of Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film (Palgrave, 2008), a polemical inquiry into the methodologies within which we study desire. She is also the editor of Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Duke UP, 2010), which is the first book to put queer theory in conversation with every one of Shakespeare's poems and plays. Named a "monumental" book by CHOICE magazine, Shakesqueer is already in its second print run.

    Her current research is on questions of identity and queerness. Titled Indifference or Queer Universalism, her newest book looks at performances and performance artists from different parts of the world to theorise alternative modes of inhabiting desire. Resisting the imperative to line up bodies and identities, she thinks of ways in which our desires can continually surprise and expand as well as undermine what we think of as our fixed selves. Literature undermines the narrative of the fixed self while many strands of politics seek to enshrine it. This current book looks both at the literary tensions and the political possibilities generated by an unpredictable desire. 

    Professor Menon has taught classes on queer theory, literary theory, Renaissance literature, and drama at American University in Washington, DC. She has also taught extensively at Delhi University and JNU. Prior to completing her Ph.D from Tufts University in Boston, she did her BA and MA in English from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, where she was the College topper in her BA, and the gold medal-winning University topper in her MA.

    Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to The Complete Works of Shakespeare

  • Rudrangshu Mukherjee

    Rudrangshu Mukherjee

    Dr Mukherjee is a historian and author, as well as Opinions Editor, The Telegraph, Kolkata.

    Dr Mukherjee has taught history at the University of Calcutta and held visiting appointments at Princeton University, the University of Manchester and the University of California, Santa Cruz. At the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC), he became involved in several aspects of historiography, especially the issues concerning the ascendancy of the North in the production of knowledge. He has edited The Penguin Gandhi Reader and is the author of the Art of Bengal: A Vision Defined, 1955-75, and co-edited Trade and Politics and the Indian Ocean World: Essays in Honour of Ashin Das Gupta.

    Rudrangshu Mukherjee studied at Calcutta Boys' School, Presidency College, Kolkata, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

    His D Phil in Modern History at the University of Oxford in 1981 was based on his acclaimed thesis on the revolt of 1857 which presented a view of the revolt from the native perspective. He has revisited this theme in his books including Awadh in Revolt 1857-58: A Study of Popular Resistance, Spectre of Violence: The 1857 Kanpur Massacres, which tries to re-frame the popular colonial image of the massacres, and Mangal Pandey: Brave Martyr or Accidental Hero?

  • Jahanavi Phalkey

    Jahanavi Phalkey

    Jahnavi Phalkey is a historian of twentieth century science and technology. Her work is focused on the history of science and technology as it intersects with the transformation of the Indian subcontinent, and especially the interaction between political processes and laboratory practice. Jahnavi has an interdisciplinary background - she studied Politics and Indian Studies at the University of Bombay and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and she obtained a PhD in History of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Her doctoral dissertation received the Sardar Patel Award (2008) from the University of California Los Angeles, awarded for the best dissertation submitted at an American university in the field of modern Indian studies.

    Prior to joining the King’s India Institute, Jahnavi was Junior Research Fellow at Imperial College, London. She has also lectured at Georgia Tech-Lorraine and the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

    Jahnavi’s research has centered around developing historical perspectives on the roles of science in the transformation of independent India, and on how the roles of science were constituted in practice; and on the significance of the laboratory as a social institution in the transformative middle decades of India’s twentieth century. Her first major research project was focused on the beginnings of nuclear physics research and education in India. It examined three intertwined transitions: India’s move from imperial possession to independent nation-state; the shift within physics from table-top laboratory experiments to large-scale electronic assemblies, often described as ‘big science’; and the transformation of the international order from imperialism to the Cold War structure of superpower opposition. Her book analyzes the effects of this tripartite shift on the establishment of experimental nuclear physics in university laboratories in India.

    Jahnavi is currently involved in two collaborative research projects. The first, “State Power in Independent India” with Jon Wilson in the Department of History and the India Institute, King’s College, London, seeks to re-examine conventional twentieth century narratives of transformation on the sub-continent. The second project, with Grace Yen Shen (York University, Toronto), entitled “Intersections: Science and Technology in Twentieth Century India and China”, aims to historicize the ostensible similarities and differences between Asia’s two major civilizations through a single prism: the place and practice of science.

  • Kranti Saran

    Kranti Saran

    Kranti Saran is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ashoka University.

    Having earned his doctorate at Harvard University’s Department of Philosophy in 2011, Kranti Saran has since been a Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard. Most recently, he was an Assistant Professor at the Philosophy Department in the University of Delhi.

    His chief interest being the philosophy of perception, Dr. Saran’s work spans the intentionality of bodily sensations, the metaphysics of the constitution in the philosophy of mind, the metaphysics of bodily sensations and cognitive penetration, introspection, memory and its connection to bodily states. He also touches upon other topics such as pictorial depiction, non-theistic faith and the epistemological significance of death.

    Dr. Saran has also formerly been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru University.  

  • Maya Saran

    Maya Saran

    Maya Saran earned her PhD in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after first studying in Delhi at St Stephen's College. Her chosen specialty was Mathematical Logic and while earning her degree she spent several years as part of the Harvard-MIT Logic group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

    Over the course of her graduate programme she taught about 700 undergraduates, and was twice recognized by the University for excellence in teaching. She covered a range of subjects in the undergraduate Math curriculum and for several semesters ran lab sessions for school teachers-in-training.

    Maya Saran now lives in Gurgaon with her family and offers workshops for all ages in which participants can experience “real” mathematics in an atmosphere of play.

  • Samir Saran

    Samir Saran

    Samir Saran is a Sr. Fellow and Vice President at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and his expertise covers areas in Regulation, Policy, Media Studies and Climate Policy. Samir is a Masters in Media Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an Electrical Engineer from the Manipal Academy of Higher Education. He is also a Chevening Fellow from the University of Cambridge on the Economics of Climate Change.

    From 1994 onwards he has had a rich and diverse experience in the Indian private sector and was actively engaged with the regulators and policy makers during the 1990s as India undertook economic reforms. He was part of the business development team of Reliance Industries, India's largest business conglomerate, and helped to develop its investment plans in the Power Sector. From 2000 he served the company in its regulatory and corporate affairs team for the Telecommunications business at New Delhi and was a member of the Government - Industry panel on Intellectual Property and Broadcasting regulation. 

    From 2005, Samir looked after the Media, Regulatory and Public Affairs for the Reliance Group in a senior management position reporting to the President. From 2006, as Vice President in Reliance Industries, Samir was specifically engaged with the regulatory aspects of the Oil & Gas Sector, Special Economic Zones and the emerging organised retail business in India. He was also responsible for the media and outreach efforts for the entire group at New Delhi. 

    Since October 2008 Samir is developing partnerships and implementing outreach and development programmes at ORF on issues of domestic and international relevance. He has also written several papers and contributed chapters on Economic Crisis, Radical Islam, Climate Policy, and other development issues in India and the region. His ongoing research projects include: representation of Islam and mediation of Radicalism; Climate Change; Economic Crisis; Regulation; and the Emergence of BRICs.

  • Jèrôme Sgard

    Jèrôme Sgard

    Jérôme Sgard holds a PhD in Economics from Université de Paris-X-Nanterre. He joined Sciences-Po as a Research Professor at the Centre d’Etudeset de Recherches Internationales (CERI) in 2008. Before that he was a senior researcher at CEPII, in Paris, and an Associate-Professor at Université de Paris-IX-Dauphine. His major research works include Economic Reforms in Eastern Europe and Russia (Europe de l’Est, la transition économique, 1997), and Financial Crisis in Emerging Economies (L’Economie de la Panique, 2002). Since then his research interests has shifted to the architecture and crisis of markets as seen from the perspective of their micro-regulators: judges, arbiters and bureaucrats. This covers the case of IMF policies vis-à-vis sovereign debts; private bankruptcies; or the development of early industrial policy in the 18th century France. He is also currently working on a joint project on the Early History of International Commercial Arbitration.

  • Mihir Shah

    Mihir Shah

    Dr. Mihir Shah was invited by India’s Prime Minister to be Member, Planning Commission in June 2009, becoming the youngest person ever to occupy this position. Dr. Shah is in charge of the portfolios of Water Resources, Rural Development and Decentralised Governance. Since 2012, he is also a Member of the National Advisory Council, chaired by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.

    Dr. Shah was chiefly responsible for the new water strategy enunciated in the 12th Five Year Plan. This strategy represents a paradigm shift in the management of water resources in India. Dr. Shah has also just completed a makeover of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, the largest employment programme in human history on which the current spend is nearly USD 1 billion per annum. The new strategy, popularly known as MGNREGA 2.0, lays central emphasis on creation of productive assets and greatly strengthening local capacities for this to become possible. Thus, the programme is envisioned as creating the very basis for its own downsizing.

    Dr. Shah graduated in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University (where he won the KC Nag Economics Prize) and did his post-graduation from the Delhi School of Economics (where he was Merit Scholar) in the 1970s, before going on to complete a much-acclaimed doctoral dissertation at the Centre for Development Studies, Kerala. 

    After teaching for some years at the Centre, he resigned to explore fresh terrain beyond the ivory towers of conventional academia. This exploration culminated in 1990 in the formation of Samaj Pragati Sahayog, which is today one of India's largest grass-roots initiatives for water and livelihood security, working with its partners on a million acres of land across 72 of India’s most backward districts. This work has shown that watershed development combined with bio-diverse agriculture, other nature-based livelihoods and women-led, institution-centred micro-finance, can result in sustained higher incomes, environmental regeneration and empowered communities in some of India’s most historically deprived regions.

  • Kenwyn Smith

    Kenwyn Smith

    Dr Kenwyn K Smith is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and the Director of Penn's Master’s Programme in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership. Dr Smith teaches leadership, group and intergroup dynamics, organizational politics, change management in three of Penn’s schools: the School of Social Policy & Practice, the Wharton School and the Fels Institute of Government (Arts and Sciences). Dr Smith is an international scholar in the fields of group and intergroup dynamics, organizational change and leadership. His research experience ranges from prisons to schools, from businesses to health care institutions, from state enterprises to social entrepreneurial activities, from oppressed black townships in South Africa to agencies creating sustainable livelihoods in rural India, from pharmaceuticals in Belgium to financial services in urban America, from the World Bank to a community in Philadelphia wrestling with the anguish of people living with HIV/AIDS.

    Dr Smith did his PhD in Organizational Behavior in 1974 and MA in Organizational Behavior in 1973 from Yale University. He has founded a number of volunteer-based, nonprofit organizations and is about to launch several research initiatives that will be at the heart of Penn’s Center on Nonprofit Leadership. He has also received numerous Excellences in Teaching Awards and also highest ranked teacher award from the University of Pennsylvania. 

    He has also worked in the following universities in various capacities. Oxford University, University of Maryland, University of Melbourne, Yale University, University of New Haven, University of Melbourne.

  • Eswaran Sridharan

    Eswaran Sridharan

    Eswaran Sridharan is the Academic Director of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI), (in New Delhi), from its inception in 1997, and was earlier with the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He is a political scientist with research interests in the political economy of development; elections, party systems and coalition politics; and international relations theory, conflict resolution and cooperation-building in South Asia. He is the author of The Political Economy of Industrial Promotion: Indian, Brazilian and Korean Electronics in Comparative Perspective 1969-1994 (1996); and has edited International Relations Theory and South Asia, Vols. I and II (2011) and The India-Pakistan Nuclear Relationship: Theories of Deterrence and International Relations (2007), and co-edited (with Zoya Hasan and R. Sudarshan), India’s Living Constitution: Ideas, Practices, Controversies (2002; 2005); co-edited (with Anthony D’Costa), India in the Global Software Industry: Innovation, Firms Strategies and Development, (2004); and co-edited (with Peter de Souza) India’s Political Parties (2006). Another edited volume on comparative patterns of coalition politics in Asian democracies has been accepted by Oxford University Press. He has published over forty-five journal articles and chapters in edited volumes, and has presented papers at many conferences and given talks at many universities and institutes internationally and in India. He is the Editor of India Review, published by Routledge, USA and is the only India-based editor of a US-based academic journal; he is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. He has testified as an expert before the Indian government’s Committee on State Funding of Elections, and has been a consultant to the World Bank, Ford Foundation, International IDEA, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and some private companies in India and abroad. He majored in chemistry at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, took post-graduate degrees in political science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Santosh Venkatesh

    Santosh Venkatesh

    Dr Venkatesh is Associate Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

    He received his B Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a Ph D in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Since 1986 he has been on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in computational learning theory, information theory, wireless communication, and neural networks.

    When not at work, he is also the coach of a youth soccer team; among his many duties is included spending quality time with the team mascot!

  • Gilles Verniers

    Gilles Verniers

    Gilles Verniers is PhD candidate at Sciences Po, Paris, and Ph.D. affiliate at the Centre for Human Sciences, New Delhi. His research focuses on the Samajwadi Party and Electoral Politics in Uttar Pradesh. It covers the various dimensions of political representation:electoral sociology, study of legislators, party politics, party-voter linkages, elections and governance, corruption and criminalization. He also serves as Sciences Po Representative to India, in charge of student and faculty mobility and academic cooperations with various Indian partners. He is based in New Delhi since 2005.

  • Tommaso Vitale

    Tommaso Vitale

    Tommaso Vitale, MA in Political Sciences (1999) and PhD in Sociology at the Universitàdegli Studi di Milano (2003), Certificate of Achievement awarded in the Programme for Advanced Study in Comparative Institutional Analysis and Design at the Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (2004). Associate Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po (Paris, France), where he is the scientific director of the biannual master “Governing the Large Metropolis”. His main research interests are in the fields of Comparative Urban Sociology and of Urban Politics where he has published books and articles on conflicts and urban change, on spatial segregation, on social service planning, and on élite and local governance of industrial restructuring. He is a member of the scientific committee of the peer-review series “Globalization, participation, and social movements” (director: Roberto Biorcio) and "Transizioni e politichepubbliche" and of the academic peer-review journal “Partecipazione e conflitto. Rivistaitaliana di studisociali e politici” of the "Participations. Revue de sciences socialessur la démocratie et la citoyennete" (De Boeck). He has been Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the Universitàdegli Studi di Milano–Bicocca; and visiting scholar at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Affiliated Faculty (Bloomington, Indiana University), at the UMREducation et Société (INRP, Lyon) and at the Groupe de Sociologie Politique et Morale (EHESS, Paris).


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