Pavithra Suryanarayan

Pavithra Suryanarayan

Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
International Political Economy
South Asia Studies


  • India
  • Political Economy & Development
  • Politics

Background and Education

I joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins SAIS as Assistant Professor, International Political Economy (tenure-track) in the fall of 2015. Prior to SAIS I was a doctoral candidate in the department of political science at Columbia University.

I specialize in the comparative politics of developing countries with a focus on inequality, fiscal capacity, ethnic politics, and Indian politics; as well as political methodology with a focus on multilevel statistical techniques. My dissertation and journal articles demonstrate how different forms of inequality — economic, ethnic, social — structure political behavior, and impact redistributive institutions.

My papers have been accepted for publication in World Politics, American Journal of Political ScienceParty Politics and Asian Survey.

You can read more about my research on my website.

Download Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

2015-08-17 00:00:00 
Spring 2018 
This course wil...

This course will introduce students to the political economy of development in the world’s largest democracy -- India. The themes discussed during the course will be those that are both important to India and to a general study of political and economic development in a federal democracy more broadly. These general themes include: Indian federalism, and states as a laboratory of developmental experiments; identity politics and development; the role of government; and criminality, corruption and dynastic politics. 

Course Faculty

  • Pravin Krishna, Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business

  • Pavithra Suryanarayan, Assistant Professor of International Political Economy

01-29-2018 to 05-05-2018 | W 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM