Education         

  • Ph.D. Political Economy and Public Policy, University of Southern California, 2000 
  • M.A. Economics, University of Southern California, 2000
  • M.A. Political Science, University of South Florida, 1992
  • B.A. Political Science, University of Florida, 1989

Employment Experience

Fall 2020 Professor, Georgetown University
McDonnell School of Business
Fall 2018 Professor, Georgetown University
Government Department, School of Foreign Service
Spring 2014 – Spring 2018Associate Professor, Georgetown University
Government Department
Fall 2008 – Fall 2013Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
Fall 2001- Fall 2008Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
Summer 07Consultant, World Bank (Social Development Department) 
Operational travel to Andhra Pradesh which included interaction with the client, interviews with stakeholders, data collection, research, and development of political economy reports.
Fall 2006 -Summer 07Social Development Specialist, World Bank (CFR Fellowship)
Operational travel to Bangladesh which included interaction with clients, interviews with stakeholders, data analysis, research, and development of social development reports.
Spring 2000Adjunct Professor, Occidental College
Fall 1999 – Spring 2000 Visiting Scholar, University of California San Diego,
Spring 1993Adjunct Professor, University of South Florida   

Publications   

Books             

  • Who Really Gets Hurt?  Globalization and the Race to the Bottom in Developing   Countries.  2008. Cambridge University Press.
  • A Democratic Dilemma? International Trade and Government Revenues in Developing Countries (with Ida Bastiaens). 2019. Cambridge University Press.

Edited Books and Special Issues of Journals 

  • “Globalization Backlash: Exploring New Perspectives”(with Ed Mansfield and Helen Milner). Comparative Political Studies(2021).
  • Political Economy of the BRICS Countries. (co-edited with Ed Mansfield). World Scientific Pub Co (2020)
  • “Social Protection in the Developing World Challenges, Continuity, and Change.” Special Issue of Politics & Society, (2015) 43(4), 463-470  
  • “To Fear or Not to Fear? BRICs and the Developing World” with Daniela Donno.  International Studies Review special issue  on “Rising Powers in the Global Economy”, with Ed Mansfield, editor.   International Studies Review. 16, no. 3 :447-452 (2014).
  • Globalization and the Politics of Natural Resources. Special issue of Comparative Political  Studies (co-edited with Nathan Jensen). (2011)

Articles        

  • “Trade as Villain: Belief in the American Dream and Declining Support for Globalization.” (with Cameron Ballard-Rosa and Judith Goldstein). Journal of Politics. (2023)
  • “Globalization Backlash in Developing Countries: Broadening the Research Agenda” (with Irfan Nooruddin and Niccolò W. Bonifai). Comparative Political Studies (2021).
  • “Embedded Liberalism in the Digital Era” (with Edward Mansfield). International Organization (2021) 75 (2), 558-585.
  • “FDI and Willingness to Support the Poor in Developing Countries” (with Sera Linardi). Comparative Political Studies (2020). [Winner of the James Caporaso Best Paper Award, 2021].
  • “David and Goliath? Small Developing Countries, Large Emerging Markets and South-South Trade Agreements.” (with Daniela Donno). International Studies Quarterly (2019). 
  •  “Trade, Poverty and Social Protection in Developing Countries” (with Raj Desai). European Journal of Political Economy. (2018).
  • “Poverty, and the Politics of Potable Water Access” (with Meir Alkon and Siddharth Joshi). Economics and Politics (2018). 30(3), 366-393.
  • “When Does Globalization Help the Poor?”   (with Jennifer Tobin) Annual Review of Political Science. (2017) 20, 287-307
  • “Trade, Politics, and the Poor: Is Sen Right and Bhagwati Wrong?” (with Daniel Tirone). Studies in Comparative International Development (2017)  1-22.  
  • “Trade Liberalization and the Challenges of Revenue Mobilization: Can International Financial Institutions Make a Difference? ”(with Ida Bastiaens)  Review of International Political Economy. (2016) 23(2), 261-289  
  • “Globalization and the Political Benefits of the Informal Economy.” (with Helen Milner) International Studies Review 17, no. 4 (2015): 664-669.
  • “Globalization, Politics, and the Poor.” (with Kristen Skillman)  International Studies Review17  no. 4. (2015) 662-664.
  • “Are Developing Countries Really Defying the Embedded Liberalism Hypothesis?” with Irfan Nooruddin. World Politics(2014) 66(4): 603-640
  • “Reassessing the Links Between Regime Type and Economic Performance: Why Some Authoritarian Regimes Show Stable Growth and Others Do Not.” with Siddharth Chandra. British Journal of Political Science(2014) 45 ( 02):   253-285.
  • “Openness and the Politics of Potable Water.” Comparative Political Studies. 44 (6): 771-803 (June 2011).
  • “Why International Organizations Should Bring Basic Needs Back In.” International Studies Perspective.  10 (2), 129-150 (May 2009).
  • “Welfare Regimes in Developing Countries:  Unique or Universal?”  Journal of Politics.  69 (2), 378-396 (May 2007).
  • “Globalization and the Strengthening of Democracy in the Developing World.”  American Journal of Political Science.  49 (4), 704-730 (October 2005).
  • “Globalization, Democracy and Effective Welfare Spending in Developing Countries.”  with  Stephan Haggard. Comparative Political Studies.   38 (9), 1015-1049 (November 2005).
  • “Are Workers in the Developing World ‘Winners’ or ‘Losers’ in the Current Era of Globalization?”Studies in Comparative International Development40 (3), 29-64 (Fall 2005).
  •  “Openness, Welfare Spending, and Inequality in the Developing World.”  International Studies Quarterly.   48 (3), 683-709 (July 2004).
  • “Globalization and the Decline of the Welfare State in Less Developed Countries,” International Organization, 56 (2), 411-445 (Spring 2002).
  • [Reprinted in John G. Ruggie, Embedding Global Markets: An Enduring Challenge, Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2008.]

Chapters in Books

“Reassessing the Relationship between Globalization and Welfare:  Welfare Spending and International Competitiveness in Less Developed Countries” (2002) in Coping with Globalization.  Steve Chan and James Scaritt (eds). Frank Cass Publications.

Articles (non-peer reviewed)

  • “The Hidden Threat to Globalization Why the Developing World Is Turning Against Free Trade” .Decmeber 3, 2021 (with Niccolo Bonifai and Irfan Noorudding) Foreign Affairs.
  • “Trade, poverty, and social protection in developing countries”. 2016. (with Raj Desai) WIDER Working Paper 2016/139. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER.
  • “Decentralization & Local Governance in Bangladesh: An Analysis of Stakeholder Perspectives.”  2007 (with Shonali Sardesai) Social Development Department, The World Bank.
  • “Political Analysis of Decentralization:  Capturing the Stakeholder Perspective Lessons Learned from the Bangladesh Study.” February 2009.  Social Development Notes. Social Analysis and Social Policy. World Bank. No. 118.

Articles in Progress and Under Review

  • “Globalization, Informal Workers and the Missing Mass Support for Labor Market Reform in India and Mexico’ With Andy Baker. 
  • “FDI and the Politics of Informality” with Helen Milner and S.P. Harish. 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Woodrow Wilson   Fellow.  Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars (2019-2020)
  • Senior Researcher Fulbright Award to India . Awarded by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.  August 2010-April 2011.
  • International Affairs Fellowship.  Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).  2005-6.
  • Carl Beck Award, International Studies Association.  Best Graduate Paper, January 2000.
  • Finalist for Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Area Studies Fellowship, Harvard University, January 2000.

Teaching Interests

International Political Economy, International Relations, Comparative Political Economy, Political Economy of Development, Comparative Welfare Policy (includes health, education, social security, labor market protections), Globalization and States/Domestic Politics, Politics of Inequality.

Research Interests       

Anti-Globalization backlash; political and societal impacts of automation, North – South issues including the political economy of trade and capital flows; analyzing broad principles of institutional design (related to distribution issues) in developing countries; the consequences of globalization on states and domestic politics; interregional comparisons of social policies (health, education, etc) and international market effect;  democratization; the political economy of inequality; integration of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Other Professional Activities

  • Board Member: International Organization, American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science.
  • Led and organized  international conferences in US, India, Italy, South Africa https://nitarudra.com/organized-conferences/   (2008- present)
  • Program Coordinator, International Studies Association (2020- present)
  • Steering Committee Member: International Political Economy Society (IPES)
  • Director, International Political Economy Colloquium (IPEC), 2011- 2013
  • IPE section chair for APSA 2013 
  • Political Economy Section Executive Committee (2011-present)
  • Sage Award Committee, APSA 2012-2013
  • External Peer Reviewer for the World Bank, 2010, 2011
  • Instructor – Half day course on Social and Political Analysis at The World Bank.  Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, Aug. 29, 2007.