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Sanjay Ruparelia

Jarislowsky Democracy Chair and Associate Professor of Politics, Toronto Metropolitan University

I am an Associate Professor of Politics, and the inaugural Jarislowsky Democracy Chair, at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. My books include Divided We Govern: Coalition Politics in Modern India (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2015); The Indian Ideology: Three Responses to Perry Anderson (editor; Permanent Black, 2015); and Understanding India’s New Political Economy: A Great Transformation? (co-editor; Routledge, 2011). I have also published a range of essays in edited volumes (Harvard, Oxford, Routledge), scholarly journals (Comparative Politics, Economic & Political Weekly, International Journal for Politics, Culture and Society, Pacific Affairs and South Asia) and periodical magazines (Dissent).

I am currently preparing two book manuscripts, provisionally titled Contesting a Right to Welfare: Law, Citizenship and Accountability in India, and A New Path to Welfare: Rights and Constitutionalism in the Global South. I serve as chair of the democratic accountability cluster of the Participedia network (>; associate editor of Pacific Affairs and editorial associate for Constellations: an international journal of critical and democratic theory; and an India country expert for V-Dem: the Varieties of Democracy Project (University of Gothenburg, Sweden).

Prior to Ryerson, I was an Associate Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research, and Assistant Director of the South Asia Institute and Lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, in New York, USA. My research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Commonwealth Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies and Social Science Research Council as well as the universities of Cambridge, New School, Notre Dame, Princeton and Yale. I have served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Research Institute on Social Development and the Asia Foundation, and acted as a commentator for and contributor to print, radio and television media—including Al-Jazeera, BBC World Service, Canadian Television Network (CTV), Channel News Asia (Singapore), Foreign Policy, Indian Express (Delhi), La Razón (Spain), The Quint (Delhi), Toronto Star, US World & News Report, Voice of America, WNYU. I earned a B.A. (First Class Honors) in Political Science from McGill University, and a M.Phil (Distinction) in Sociology and Politics of Development and Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Cambridge.


  • –present
    Associate professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University