- Comparative Politics
ATUL KOHLI is the David K.E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. His principal research interests are in the areas of comparative political economy with a focus on the developing countries. He is the author of Poverty amid Plenty in the New India (2012); State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery (2004) (winner of the Charles Levine Award (2005) of the International Political Science Association); Democracy and Discontent: India's Growing Crisis of Governability (1991); and The State and Poverty in India (1987). He has also edited seven volumes and published some fifty articles. His current research focuses on the topic of "imperialism and the developing world." Through much of his scholarship he has emphasized the role of states in the promotion of prosperity and equity.
He is Chief Editor of the journal, World Politics. During 2009-10 he served as the Vice President of the American Political Science Association. He has received grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Ford Foundation and Russell Sage Foundation.
Recent academic placements of graduate students for whom he was the principal dissertation advisor include Harvard, Oxford and Toronto.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.