Prof. Dr. Rahul Mukherji


Professor and Head
Department of Political Science, 
South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University
Voßstr. 2, Building 4130
D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany

Room: 14, 1st floor
Tel.: +49 6221 5415291
Office Hours: upon arrangement

Academia Profile:

About Prof. Dr. Rahul Mukherji:

Rahul Mukherji is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg Universität. He has previously taught at the National University of Singapore,  Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), Hunter College - City University of New York and the University of Vermont (USA). His two most recent books include: Globalization and Deregulation: Ideas, Interests and Institutional Change in India (OUP, 2014) and The Oxford India Short Introduction to the Political Economy of Reforms in India (2014). Rahul serves on the boards of journals such as Governance, Pacific Affairs, India Review and Bandung: Journal of the Global South.


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1999 PhD, Department of Political Science, Columbia University, New York.

1992 M.Phil., South Asia Division, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

1990 MA, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi.

1988 BA, Economics (Honours), Delhi University (DU), Delhi.



International relations, comparative politics, governance and development, South Asia


Jobs Held / Offered

January 7 2008 – June 14 2016, Associate Professor, South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

July 1 2014 – September 2015, Honorary Senior Fellow and Head of Research, Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS.

2006 – 2008: Associate Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

2003- 2006 - Assistant Professor, Centre for Political Studies, JNU, New Delhi.

2001 – 2003 - Fellow, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi.

1999- 2001 - Assistant Research Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

1999: Offered Visiting Assistant Professor positions at the departments of government at Dartmouth College and Georgetown University, respectively.

Spring 1999 - Visiting Lecturer. Department of Political Science, The University of Vermont, Burlington.

1996-1998: Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York.



2014: NUS award for Research Excellence (Office of Deputy President, Research and Technology, National University of Singapore.

2012: NUS award for Research Excellence (Office of Deputy President, Research and Technology, National University of Singapore.

August 1 2005 to October 4 2006, Visiting Research Fellow - Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.

May 20 2004 - June 25 2004 - Associate, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies - Columbia University, New York.

May 20 - August 19, 2002 - Visiting Fellow, Australia South Asia Research Centre - Economics Division, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra.

1997-1999 - President's FellowGraduate School of Arts and Sciences - Columbia University, New York.

1993 -1996 - Ambedkar Overseas Fellow in International Relations, Government of India, New Delhi.

Select Publications


Globalization and Deregulation: Ideas, Interests and Institutional Change in India (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Political Economy of Reforms in India under the Oxford India Short Introduction Series (New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2014).

Co-authored with Sumit Ganguly, India Since 1980 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011). Book was translated into Portuguese.

Journal Publications

"Governing India: What do we know and need to know?" South Asia Institute Papers 2018: 2. PDF

“State Capacity and Welfare Politics in India: Implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Undivided Andhra Pradesh,” Indian Journal of Human Development Vol. 12, No. 2 (2018): 1-16. (with Seyed Hossein Zarhani and K Raju)

"Bureaucratic Rationality, Political Will, and State Capacity - MGNREGS in Undivided Andhra Pradesh" Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 52, No. 49 (2017), pp. 53–60. (with Jha, Himanshu) PDF

"Governance reform in a weak state: Thirty years of Indian experience" Governance, Vol.30, No.1 (2017), pp. 53–58. PDF

"India and Global Economic Governance: From Structural Conflict to Embedded Liberalism" International Studies Review, Vol 16, No.3, (2014), pp.460-466. PDF

"Ideas, Interests and the Tipping Point: Explaining Economic Change in India," Review of International Political Economy Vol. 20, No. 2 (2013), pp. 363-89. PDF

"Interests, Wireless Technology and Institutional Change: From Government Monopoly to Regulated Competition in Indian Telecommunications", Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 68, No. 2 (2009), pp. 491-517.

"The Politics of Telecommunications Regulation in India: Explaining State - Industry Alliances Favoring Foreign Investment" Journal of Development Studies Vol. 44, No. 10 (2008), pp. 1405-1423. Lead article.

Edited volume

India's Economic Transition: The Politics of Reforms (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007, paperback 2010, reprint 2011).

Book Chapters

"Is India a Developmental State?" in Yin-Wah Chu, ed., The Asian Developmental State: Reexaminations and New Departures (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), pp. 217-36.

"India's Foreign Economic Policies," in Sumit Ganguly, ed.,Engaging the World: Indian Foreign Policy Since 1947 (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 470-95.


Select Professional Service

2004 - Contributing Editor, India Review (Routledge)

2007 -  Member: Research Advisory Council, University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India. .

2016-2019 - Member, Editorial Board, Governance.

2012- Member, Editorial Board, Pacific Affairs.

2013- Member, Editorial Board, Bandung: Journal of the Global South(Springer)

2018- : Member Editorial Board, Indian Politics and Policy

2018: Series Editor with Subrata Mitra and Raghbendra Jha: Institutions and Development in South Asia, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.



Latest Thinking: How Does India Achieve Change in Its Policies?

Inaugural lecture: Governing India: What do we know and need to know?

NMML, India: State Capacity and Welfare Politics in India

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