“Interpreting Politics: Situated Knowledge, India, and the Rudolph Legacy” Book Launch and Panel Discussion

7:00–8:15 pm
Online Zoom event


In careers that spanned six decades, Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph’s rigorous and remarkably empathetic scholarship produced seminal insights about India’s politics. With a profound grasp of social science theory and Indian politics, they developed an interpretive mode of political analysis centred on the complex processes by which people construct meaning and motivation for political action. This volume’s eminent authors pay tribute to the Rudolphs’ scholarship by examining its contribution to their own cutting-edge research as they advance the frontiers of the study of Indian politics and social science writ large. Their engaging essays analyse how ‘situated knowledge’ shapes discourse, moral imagination, political strategies, and institutional change. They illuminate how the interaction of caste, class, gender, and religion structures political mobilization; how changing social and political relations affect education policy and civil–military relations; and how political leadership is forging the future of politics in India. This volume is edited by John Echeverri-Gent, Associate Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, and Kamal Sadiq, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Irvine. 

Join us for the book and panel discussion, jointly hosted by UChicago Center in Delhi, American Institute of Indian Studies, and Oxford University Press.  

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021

Time: 5:30 AM PST/7:30 AM CST/8:30 AM EST/7:00 PM IST

Registration is complimentary but required.  

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Program Schedule (Duration - 75 minutes)

7:00 - 7:10 pm IST                        Welcome Remarks by Dipesh Chakrabarty, The University of Chicago

7:10 - 7:55 pm IST                        Panel Discussion


  • Christophe Jaffrelot, CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS, Paris and King’s College, London
  • Kalaiyarasan A, Brown University
  • Niraja Gopal Jayal, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
  • John Echeverri-Gent, University of Virginia
  • Kamal Sadiq, University of California, Irvine
  • Yamini Aiyar, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi
  • Suhas Palshikar, SP Pune University and Chief Editor, Studies in Indian Politics
  •  Paul Staniland, The University of Chicago

7:55 - 8:15 pm IST                         Q & A and Wrap up

For more information about the book, please click here.  

About Editors: 

John Echeverri-Gent is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. He is author of The State and the Poor: Public Policy and Political Development in India and the United States and co-editor of Economic Reform in Three Giants: U.S. Foreign Policy and the USSR, China, and India. His many articles in comparative public policy and the political economy of development have appeared in Perspectives on Politics; PS: Political Science and Politics; World Development; Policy Studies Journal; Asian Survey; Contemporary South Asia; India Review; and Political Science Quarterly. He is a member of the editorial board of Political Science Quarterly. He has served as consultant to the World Bank and USAID.

Kamal Sadiq (PhD, University of Chicago) is Associate Professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Paper Citizens: How Illegal Immigrants Acquire Citizenship in Developing Countries (2009, repr. 2010). His articles have appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Asian Perspectives, PS: Political Science & Politics, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the Oxford Handbook of Citizenship, and select edited books. He served as chair of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Studies (ENMISA) section of the International Studies Association (2013-15) and as co-president of the Migration and Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association (2015-17). He serves on the editorial board of the journal Citizenship Studies.