Dr Pratap Bhanu Mehta is one of India’s foremost public intellectuals. He is most respected for his deep understanding of politics and society, clarity of thoughts and their articulation.
He is a Professor of Political Science and former Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University.
He was previously President, Center for Policy Research. He has been a Professor at Harvard, JNU, 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.
His most recent publications include The Oxford Handbook to the Indian Constitution (co-edited with Madhav Khosla and Sujit Choudhary); Rethinking India's Public Institutions (with Devesh Kapur and Milan Vaishnav); Non-Alignment 2.0 (with Srinath Raghavan, Sunil Khilnani et al), The Oxford Companion to Politics in India (with Niraja Jayal); India and Multilateralism (with Bruce Jones and WPS Sidhu) and the Burden of Democracy.
Dr Mehta has also served in a number of policy roles including, Member Convenor of the Prime Minister of India's National Knowledge Commission, Member of the National Security Advisory Board, Member of the Lyngdoh Committee. He Chairs the Jury for the Holberg Prize.
Dr Mehta has a prolific engagement with public affairs. He is an editorial consultant to Indian Express, where he writes a regular column. In addition, he has written for the Financial Times, and a number of leading national and international publications. He is on the Editorial Board of American Political Science Review and Journal of Democracy
Dr Mehta holds a BA (first class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton. He received the 2010 Malcom S. Adishehshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences - Political Science.