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Senior Lecturer, The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Sudev Sheth is a Senior Lecturer of International Studies at The Lauder Institute where he teaches perspectives on entrepreneurship, global capitalism, and leadership. He also holds an appointment in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of South Asia, business history, and family enterprise in societies past and present. Prior to rejoining the Penn community, Dr. Sheth was the Harvard-Newcomen Fellow in Business History at Harvard Business School where he taught in the MBA and doctoral programs.

Dr. Sheth’s writings have appeared in Economic & Political Weekly, Journal of the Economic & Social History of the Orient, Manuscript Studies, and Business History Review. He has also published case-related materials on leadership, ethics, and family business for Harvard Business Publishing. Dr. Sheth is currently working on a book that explores how a prominent family business from seventeenth-century India navigated an environment of political uncertainty to grow their firm and eventually become one of Asia’s largest manufacturers of textiles and fast fashion today.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, The Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania


  • 2019 
    Harvard Business School, Newcomen-Fellow in Business History
  • 2018 
    University of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Philosophy