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Pratap Bhanu Mehta

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President of the Centre for Policy Research (2009-present)

Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University (2007-2009)

Expert on Indian politics

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is an Indian academic and leading political scientist, currently serving as President of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, one of India’s most distinguished think tanks. His areas of research include, political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy and international affairs.

He was previously Visiting Professor and Associate Professor of Government and Social Studies at Harvard University. In the past he has held various academic positions, including Professor of Philosophy, Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Visiting Professor at NYU Law School.

His areas of research include political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India. Pratap has also authored a number of papers and reports for Indian and international agencies, including the World Bank and UNRISD. He is also on the Editorial Board of numerous journals, including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Democracy and India and Global Affairs.

Pratap has done extensive public policy work. He is on the Board of Governors of International Development Research Council (IDRC), and numerous other academic institutions, including the National Institute of Finance and Public Policy. A member of the National Security Advisory Board, Government of India, he has previously served as Member-Convenor of the National Knowledge Commission.

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"A leading authority on Indian affairs, Pratap is the recipient of the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social and Political Science. He is a prolific columnist, whose writing has appeared on The Financial Times, International Herald Tribune and The Hindu, and co-editor of the Oxford Companion to Politics in India (2010)."

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