Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta most recently served as Professor of Political Science at Ashoka University and formerly served as its Vice-Chancellor. He was previously President, Center for Policy Research, and has been a Professor at Harvard, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the Global Faculty Program at NYU Law School. He has published widely in political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs.
Additionally, he was Member-Convenor of the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission, Member of the Supreme Court appointed Lyngdoh Committee on elections in Indian Universities, and has contributed to a number of reports for leading Government of India and International Agencies. He was on the Board of Governors of International Development Research Centre. He was Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on Global Governance. He has also served on the Board of NIPFP, NCAER and NIID. He is on the editorial board of journals such as the American Political Science Review and Journal of Democracy. He received the 2010 Malcolm Adiseshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences (Political Science and International Relations). He also served on the Social Sciences jury for the Infosys Prize in 2017, and on the Holberg Committee from 2012-2018. He is a prolific columnist, and is an Editorial Consultant to the Indian Express.