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Pavithra Suryanarayan

Assistant Professor of International Political Economy


Professor Suryanarayan is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She received her PhD in political science from Columbia University in October 2016 and her dissertation won the the Mancur Olson Award for the best dissertation in political economy at the American Political Science Association in 2018. She specializes in comparative political economy with a focus on identity, redistribution, and state development in India. Her work combines quantitative analysis, including spatial and survey methods, with extensive archival research. Her papers have been published or are forthcoming at the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, Party Politics, and World Politics. She is currently working on a book manuscript on Social Status and Redistributive Politics.

For a complete list of publications, please visit her personal website:




  • India


  • Political Economy & Development
  • Politics

In the News

How a southern Indian state crushed its coronavirus outbreak.

Pavithra Suryanarayan interviewed in The New York Times’ The Interpreter newsletter, 5/22