Visiting Scholars

November 2022

Prof. Dr. Rajendra Jain, Fellow of the Indian Council of World Affairs



Prof. Jain is visiting the Department of Political Science of the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg as a fellow of the Indian Council of World Affairs. He was formerly Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Visiting Professor at Warsaw University (February–May 2022). He has been a Visiting Humboldt Foundation Fellow/Professor at the universities of Constance, Freiburg, Leipzig and Tübingen, and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Ebenhausen. He has been Visiting Professor at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris), the Asia-Europe Institute (Kuala Lumpur) (2010), ICCR Professor of Contemporary India at Leuven University (2015), and Adjunct Research Professor, Monash University (2010–2015). The first Jean Monnet Chair in India (2010–2015), Professor Jain is the author/editor of over 20 books and has published over 150 journal articles/book chapters. His recent books include Changing Indian Images of the European Union: Perception and Misperception (2019); India and the European Union in a Turbulent World (2021); and the forthcoming India and Europe in a Changing World: Context, Competition, Cooperation (2023).


July 2022

Prof. Dr. Ashwani Kumar

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Ashwani Kumar is Professor and Dean, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai). His widely acclaimed books include "Community Warriors" (2009); "Global Civil Society" (2009), "Poverty and Activism" (chief ed., 2009); and "Migrants, Mobility and Citizenship in India" (ed., 2021). He has served as Member of the Central Employment Guarantee Council Act (MGNREGA) in various states of India. He is also a visiting fellow at leading global universities and think tanks, including the German Development Institute, Korea Development Institute, and the University of Sussex. He writes regularly in Financial Express, The Hindu, Outlook India, and The Print, among others. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma (USA).

January 2020 - April 2020

Dr. Suresh C. Chalise, Alexander Von Humboldt fellow

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Dr. Suresh C. Chalise holds a research scholarship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) . Dr. Chalise earned his Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University, India and undertook post-doctoral research at the Universities of Dortmund and Gießen, Germany. He served as ambassador of Nepal to the United States (2007-2008) and to the United Kingdom (2010-2014), and as foreign affairs adviser to prime minister of Nepal (2006-2007) and is affiliated with the GP Koirala Foundation for Democracy, Peace and Development in Kathmandu/Nepal, an independent think tank for the promotion of peace, democracy and development.

October 2019 - September 2020

Prof. Pralay Kanungo, DAAD guest professor

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Pralay Kanungo, Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, is currently Fellow at Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt University and Guest Professor at Sichuan University, Chengdu (2015-2020). Kanungo has been ICCR Chair of Contemporary India Studies at Leiden University (2013-2018), Fellow at International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, Honorary Professor at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne (2015-2018), Fellow at Nehru memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi and Visiting Professor at Maison des Sciences De L’Homme, Paris. He was also the Principal Indian Investigator of the Indian-European Social Sciences Research Networking Project on Electoral Changes in Urban and Rural India (2013-2016).

His research areas include: Religion, Culture and Politics: Hindu Nationalism (ideology/everyday practice/mobilisation/ regional variations/ethnography at the grassroots); Diaspora: Hinduism/Hindu Diaspora; Indian Politics: Institutions and Processes, Electoral and Party Politics, Regional/State Politics, Urban Governance; Indigenous Communities/Adivasis: Cultural/Political Mobilisation, Development and Resistance; India-China Connection: Civilizational and Contemporary.

Kanungo is the author of RSS’s Tryst with Politics: From Hedgewar to Sudarshan (2002) and co-edited The Algebra of Warfare-Welfare: A Long View of India’s 2014 Election (Oxford, 2019), The Politics of Ethnicity in India, Nepal and China (Primus, 2014), Public Hinduisms (Sage, 2012) and Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva: Local Mediations and Forms of Convergence (Routledge, 2011).


June-July 2018 & May-July 2019

Prof. Sumit Ganguly, Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

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Sumit Ganguly is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science, and holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations, at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2017), and a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award (2017), to be hosted by the Department of Politics, SAI, Heidelberg University. A specialist on the contemporary politics of South Asia, Professor Ganguly’s research spans security, ethnic conflict, democratization, foreign policy, and international politics of that region. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of over 20 books on the region. His most recent books include The Oxford Handbook of India’s National Security (Oxford University Press, 2015, coedited with Nicolas Blarel and Manjeet S. Pardesi); Deadly Impasse: Indo-Pakistani Relations at the Dawn of a New Century (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and, with William R. Thompson, Ascending India and Its State Capacity (Yale University Press, 2017).


September-December 2018

Dr. Ali Zulfiqar, DAAD guest professor

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Dr. Zulfiqar is affiliated with the Department of Philosophy, University of Karachi, Pakistan and will stay until December 2018 to further develop his research in the areas of postmodernism, postcolonialism, Pakistan´s political system and corruption. His most recent publications include: 'Anti-corruption Institutions and Governmental Change in Pakistan' (South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, 2018), 'Conflict between social structure and legal framework: political corruption in Pakistan' (Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 54,1 (2016)), 'Pakistan, Military Coup, and Concordance: Four Objections to Schiff' (Armed Forces & Society, 42,2 (2015)).


December 2016 - January 2017 & April 2018 - March 2019


Professor K.C. Suri, Baden Württemberg Fellow (2016/17) & DAAD guest professor (2018/19)


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Professor Suri teaches at the Department of Political Science at University of Hyderabad. His recent publications include Political Parties in South Asia: The Challenge of Change, International IDEA, Stockholm, 2007; Indian Democracy, ICSSR Research Surveys and Explorations: Political Science: Volume 2, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2013; and Party Competition in Indian States: Electoral Politics in Post-Congress Polity (Editor), Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2014. He has published many book chapters and papers in national and international journals on different themes pertaining to politics and policies in India.  He was a visiting scholar at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Presently he is the Managing Editor of Studies in Indian Politics, a bi-annual Political Science journal published in India by the Sage.

November 2016 - January 2017

Dr. Siddhartha Mukerji, Baden Württemberg Fellow

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Dr. Siddhartha Mukerji is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow. His areas of interest are electoral politics in India, public administration and e-governance, and political economy of industrialization. Dr,Mukerji’s most recent publications are “Urban-Rural Patterns of Campaigning by BJP in Uttar Pradesh (Lok Sabha Elections 2014)” published in Studies in Indian Politics: Sage Publications and “Industrial Policy Reforms since 1991: The Contexts of Globalization and Domestic Politics in India” in Manish Verma’s, ed., Globalization and Environment: Discourse, Policies and Practices, 2015, New Delhi: Rawat Publications. He has been associated with EECURI network of the India-Europe Project studying urban-rural patterns of electoral change in Indian states and presented papers in its international conferences held at JNU (New Delhi), King’s College London and London School of Economics and Political Science.

June-July 2016

Professor Bharat Desai, Humboldt Guest Professor


Dr. Desai is Professor of International Law at the Centre for International Legal Studies of the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He received his Ph.D. in International Environmental Law from Jawaharlal Nehru University and his LLM in International Law from Gujarat University. His main areas of his current research work include International Law; International Environmental Law; International Humanitarian Law; International Criminal Law as well as International Dispute Settlement.

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