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UPIASI works closely with various schools and departments across Penn to facilitate a number of research and allied activities. We are pleased to share the latest updates:


Eswaran Sridharan (Ed.) Eastward Ho? India’s Relations with the Indo-Pacific, New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2021

Eswaran Sridharan, "India in 2020: A Year of Multiple Challenges," Asian Survey, February 2021

Eswaran Sridharan, “Understanding Voting Patterns by Class in the 2019 Indian Election,” Indian Politics and Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2020

Eswaran Sridharan, “Cross-state Learning in Service Delivery in India’s Federal System,” Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 2020, 58(2)

Adnan Farooqui and E. Sridharan, “The Rajya Sabha as a corrective mechanism for Muslim under-representation,” in Volker Kaul and Ananya Vajpeyi, eds, Minorities and Populism: Critical Perspectives from South Asia and Europe, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2020

Eswaran Sridharan, “India in 2019: A New One-Party Hegemony?” in Asian Survey, Jan-Feb 2020


Assessing the impacts of the 2019 Indian General Elections

In the aftermath of the 2019 general elections, the project will examine the implications of the 2019 election results for the party system, economic policy, Center - State relations, and foreign policy.

  • Post Election Conference and workshop in Philadelphia: September 2019
  • Special Issue of India Review in March-April 2020 and otherarticles and op-eds


Comparative Constitutionalism in Asia (July 21-22,2018, Colombo)

UPIASI held the conference in collaboration with O. P. Jindal Global University in Colombo. The project was funded by a 100,000 USD grant from the Ford Foundation and brought together scholars from/on countries of South and Southeast Asia, as well as USA and Australia for a broader comparative perspective on the subject. During the two-day conference, scholars addressed constitutional issues in their respective countries, most of which have confronted challenges to constitution-making and constitution-building in conditions of ethnic/ religious/ linguistic diversity and socio-economic inequities.

The resulting publication, we anticipate, can contribute both to general constitutional, legal and political theory and also to better understanding of specificities of particular countries. 


Recently, UPIASI has partnered with Penn Global to support the new India Research and Engagement Fund, and its India Forerunner program (pictured below), which supports newly admitted students in their transition to life at Penn and the United States.