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Pratap Bhanu Mehta

2008 Spring Visiting Scholar
President & Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research (New Delhi)

Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta is President of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, one of India’s most distinguished think tanks. He was previously Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University; and Associate Professor of Government and of Social Studies at Harvard University. He has also done extensive public policy work. He was Member-Convenor of the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission; member of the Supreme Court appointed commission on regulating Indian universities, and the author of a number of reports for leading Government of India and international agencies. He is on the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre. He is also on the Editorial Board of numerous journals including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Democracy and India and Global Affairs.

Dr. Mehta has published widely in the fields of political theory, intellectual history, constitutional law, politics and society in India and India’s emerging role in world affairs. Some recent articles include: “The Possibility of Religious Pluralism” in Tom Banchoff (ed.) Religion and Conflict (Oxford: forthcoming 2008); “Passion and Constraint: Religious Speech in Indian Law” in R. Bhargava (edited) Politics and Ethics in the Indian Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2007); “The End of the Separation of Powers” in the Journal of Democracy, April 2007 reprinted in Larry Diamond and Marc Plattner (ed.) The State of India’s Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007); “Identity Dilemmas in a Globalizing World” in David Kelly (ed.) India and China in a Globalizing World (Scientific Publishing, Singapore 2006); “Cosmopolitanism and the Circle of Reason,” Political Theory, Vol.28, No.5, 2000, pp. 619-639; “Indian Higher Education Reform: From Half Baked Socialism to Half Baked Capitalism,” CID Working Paper, Harvard University (co-author Devesh Kapur).

His most recent books include The Burden of Democracy and an edited volume India’s Public Institutions (with Devesh Kapur) His forthcoming work includes two books Constitutionalism in Modern India, and India’s Great Transformation. He is also co-editor (with Niraja Jayal) of the Oxford Companion to Politics in India.

Mehta has written numerous columns for leading national and international newspapers. He is an Editorial Consultant to The Indian Express newspaper in India. Mehta got his B.A. from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and has a Ph.D in Politics from Princeton University.