Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

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


Fields of Teaching, Research and Doctoral Supervision

  • Citizenship: theory and measurement
  • Comparative Politics, methodology, South Asian area studies
  • Federalism
  • Governance
  • International Relations
  • Negotiation
  • 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

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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