Aseema Sinha, Ph.D.

Wagener Family Professor of Comparative Politics and George R. Roberts Fellow

Areas of Expertise:
India, International Relations, Political Economy, South Asia

Aseema Sinha
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1. Introduction to Comparative Politics

2. PPE-Politics

3. Development, Power and Globalization

4. Comparing Social Movements Across the World

5. International Relations of South Asia

6. India in Asia

  • Biography
  • Education
  • Research and Publications

Dr. Aseema Sinha is the Wagener Chair of Comparative Politics (South Asia) and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College’s Government department. She was previously an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Professor Sinha received her B.A. from Lady Shri Ram College. She received her M.A. and M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India).  She received an M.A. and Ph.D from Cornell University. 

Her research interests relate to political economy of India, India-China comparisons, international Organizations, and the rise of India as an emerging power. 

She is the author of The Regional Roots of Developmental Politics in India (2005) and her second book Globalizing India: How Global Rules and Markets are Shaping India’s Rise to Power has been published by Cambridge University Press (2016). Her book, The Regional Roots of Developmental Politics in India: A Divided Leviathan (Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2005), received the Joseph Elder Book Prize in the Indian Social Sciences.  

Her articles have appeared in the British Journal of Political Science, World Development, Polity, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Business and Politics, Journal of Democracy, and India Review.  

Some of her publications are:

1. BOOK. Globalising India: How Global Rules and Markets Are Shaping India’s Rise To Power. Cambridge University Press, 2016.

2. 2019. JOURNAL ARTICLE. Aseema Sinha. “A Theory of Reform Consolidation in India: From Crisis-Induced Reforms to Strategic Internationalization,” India Review, 18 (1): 54-87. Refereed.

3. 2019. BOOK CHAPTER. Aseema Sinha, “India’s Porous State: Blurred Boundaries and the Evolving Business-State Relationship in India,” In Christophe Jaffrelot, Atul Kohli, and Kanta Murali eds., Business and Politics in India, Modern South Asia Series, (New York: Oxford University Press). Refereed.

4. 2018. JOURNAL ARTICLE. Aseema Sinha. “Building a Theory of Change in International Relations: Pathways of Disruptive and Incremental Change in World Politics.” International Studies Review, 20 (2), June 2018.  E version:  Refereed.

5. 2016. JOURNAL ARTICLE. Aseema Sinha, “Why Has “Development” Become a Political Issue in Indian Politics?” Brown Journal of World Affairs, Vol. XXIII (1), (15 pages), Fall-Winter 2016.

6. 2017. Aseema Sinha. “Political Economy of India.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Ed. Sandy Maisel. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. [Peer Reviewed]. See at:

B.A. Lady Shri Ram College (New Delhi, India), M.A. JNU (New Delhi, India), M.Phil. JNU, (New Delhi, India); Ph.D Cornell University, USA.