Prof. Subrata Kumar Mitra, Ph.D. (Rochester, USA)

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Fields of Teaching, Research and Doctoral Supervision

Citizenship: theory and measurement

Comparative Politics, methodology, South Asian area studies



International Relations


Political Parties

Rational Choice

State formation in South Asia

Curriculum vitae


Ph.D. (Political Science)
University of Rochester (New York): 'Ideological Structure, Strategy and Cabinet Instability: a theoretical and empirical exploration.'

M.A. (Political Science)
University of Rochester (New York)

M.Phil. (Political Development)
Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi)

M.A. (Political Science)
Delhi University (Delhi)

B.A. (Political Science)
Utkal University (Orissa)

Professional carrier

1971-1972: Lecturer in Political Science, Delhi University

1974-1976: Assistant Lecturer, University of Rochester (Department of Political Science)

1976-1977: Associate Director, Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi

1977-1979: Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi

1979-1980: Exchange Scholar, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme/EHESS,

1980-1982: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung, Ruhr- Universität Bochum Paris

1982-1985: Head, Department of Research and Development + Data Analysis, Institut Français d’Opinion Public, Paris

1985-1988: Lecturer in Politics, University of Hull, Hull/UK

1988-1993: Direktor, Centre for Indian Studies, University of Hull, Hull/UK

1994: Reader in Politics, University of Hull, Hull/UK

1994: Visiting Professor of Political Science, University of California/Berkeley

1994-2000: Professor for Political Science of South Asia, Heidelberg University

2000-2001: Professor of Politics, University of Nottingham, Nottingham

Since 2001: C4-Professor for Political Science of South Asia, Heidelberg University

2004: Radhakrishnan Visiting Professor of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad/India

2002 - 2006: President, Research Committee on Political Sociology, International Political Science Association

2002 - 2004: Geschäftsführender Direktor, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University

2008-2010: Coordinator, Area A (Governance and Administration) of Excellence Cluster: Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows, supported by the German Research Council (DFG)

2011: Visiting Professor, Centre for the Study of India and South Asia (CEIAS), Paris

March – August, 2013 Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Studies, (JNIAS, JNU), on sabbatical from Heidelberg

October 1994- September 2014 Professor of Political Science and Head, Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg (Germany)

April 2015- April 2018 Director, Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) and Visiting Research Professor, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Membership of outside bodies

Editor, Advances in South Asian Studies, (Routledge, London)

Editor, Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics (Heidelberg)

Editor, Heidelberg Series in South Asian Studies (Delhi)

Member of editorial board of the following journals:

Contemporary South Asia, Oxford

India Review, London

International Journal of Hindu Studies, Illinois

International Political Science Review, London (2004-2008)

Journal of South Asian Development (Sage, Los Angeles)

The Journal of Islamabad Policy Research Institute, Islamabad

The Journal of Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, London


Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 29 Rajpur Road Delhi 110054, India (from 1994)

Member, German Association for Political Science (1994-2000)

Member of the Advisory Council, International Institute of Federalism, Fribourg, Switzerland

Political Studies Association, Convener, Specialist Group on South Asian Politics, PSA, UK, (1987-1994)

British Association for South Asian Studies Member of National Executive, (1987-1989)

Indian Political Science Association (Life Member)

Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, London

Chevalier des palmes académiques (2004)

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