Visiting Scholars

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

Dr. Ali Zulfiqar

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.

25 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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