Pratap Bhanu Mehta will be the Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow beginning in the Spring of 2015.
Dr. Mehta is a political scientist who has taught at Harvard University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the New York University School of Law. He holds a BA (first class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford and a PhD in politics from Princeton. His areas of research include political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs. He received the 2010 Malcom S. Adishehshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences - Political Science.
Dr Mehta has served on many central government committees, including India’s National Security Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission, and a Supreme Court-appointed committee on elections in Indian universities. He is President and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Dr. Mehta has authored a number of papers and reports for leading Government of India and International Agencies, including the World Bank, UNRISD, DFID, and is on the Board of Governors of International Development Research Council (IDRC), and numerous other academic institutions, including National Institute of Finance and Public Policy. He is also a member of the WEF's Global Governance Council.
Mehta is also a prolific writer; he is an editorial consultant to the Indian Express, and his columns have appeared in dailies including the Financial Times, the Telegraph, the International Herald Tribune, and the Hindu. He is also on the editorial boards of many academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Democracy, and India and Global Affairs. Dr. Mehta's forthcoming work includes two books, Constitutionalism in Modern India and India’s Great Transformation. He is co-editor (with Niraja Jayal) of the Oxford Companion to Politics in India.