Devesh Kapur, Starr Foundation South Asia Studies Professor and Asia Programs Director, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, in conversation with Milan Vaishnav, Senior Fellow and Director, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Why Does the Indian State Both Fail and Succeed?
Devesh Kapur is the Starr Foundation South Asia Studies Professor and Asia Programs Director, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Prior to SAIS, he was the Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania, from 2006-2018, and is now a Senior Fellow there. He also held the Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Political Science. Before this, he was Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Frederick Danziger Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University.
His research topics span Governance and Public Institutions, Higher Education, International and Internal Migration, and Political Economy & Development. His publications include Diaspora, Democracy and Development: The Impact of International Migration from India on India, (August 2010). His work resulted in him being awarded the 2012 Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of International Studies Association (ENMISA) Distinguished Book Award. The Other One Percent: Indians in America (co-authored with Sanjoy Chakravorty and Nirvikar Singh), published in October 2016 by Oxford University Press, received widespread acclaim. His latest edited works are Navigating the Labyrinth: Perspectives on India’s Higher Education (with Pratap Bhanu Mehta), Rethinking Public Institutions in India (with Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Milan Vaishnav), The Costs of Democracy: Political Finance in India (with Milan Vaishnav) and Regulation in India: Design, Capacity, Performance (with Madhav Khosla).
Professor Kapur received a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Milan Vaishnav is Senior Fellow and Director of the South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His primary research focus is the political economy of India and he examines issues such as corruption and governance, state capacity, distributive politics and electoral behaviour.
He is the author of When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics, which was awarded the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize for the best non-fiction book on contemporary India. He is also Co-Editor of Costs of Democracy: Political Finance in India and of Rethinking Public Institutions in India (with Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Devesh Kapur). His work has been published in scholarly journals such as Asian Survey, Governance, India Review, India Policy Forum, Studies in Indian Politics, and PS: Political Science and Politics. He is a regular contributor to several Indian publications. Previously, he worked at the Center for Global Development, where he served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an adjunct professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and has previously taught at Columbia and George Washington Universities.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. and M.Phil in Political Science from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.