Rudra Sil

236 Stiteler Hall

Rudra Sil is Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business.  He joined the department in 1996, held the Janice & Julian Bers Chair in the Social Sciences from 2000 to 2003, and received awards for distinguished teaching in 2001 and 2011.  His teaching and research interests encompass Russian and post-communist studies, Asian studies, comparative labor politics, theories of development and institutional change, qualitative comparative methods, and the philosophy of the social sciences.  He is author of Managing “Modernity”: Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia (Univeristy of Michigan Press, 2002) and coauthor, with Peter Katzenstein, of Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010). His articles have appeared in such journals as Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Europe-Asia Studies, and Post-Soviet Affairs.  He is also author of more than a dozen book chapters and has coedited several anthologies, including The Politics of Labor in a Global Age (Oxford University Press, 2001); World Order After Leninism (University of Washington Press, 2006) and Reconfiguring Institutions Across Time and Space (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007).  Professor Sil is currently working on a new book - tentatively titled Pathways of the Postcommunist Proletariat - that analyzes the evolution of labor politics in Russia, with comparisons to Poland, the Czech Republic, China and Vietnam.

Research Interests: 
  • Comparative politics: labor politics, institutional analysis, development
  • Area specialties: Russian/post-communist studies, Asian studies
  • International relations: general theory, international organizations
  • Qualitative Methods: Comparative-historical analysis, philosophy of social science
Selected Publications: 
  • EDITED VOLUME -- Reconfiguring Institutions Across Time and Space: Syncretic Responses to Challenges of Political and Economic Transformation.  Palgrave-Macmillan (Series in the Evolution of Political Institutions), 2007.  Coedited with Dennis Galvan.  Order this book from the publisher.
Courses Taught: 
  • PSCI 610: Comparative Political Analysis (graduate field seminar)
  • PSCI 217/517: Russian Politics (lecture) 
  • PSCI 116: Political Change in the "Third World" (lecture) 
  • PSCI 598/398: The Idea of Development (Seminar)

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Phone: (215) 898-7641

Edward Mansfield Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
John Lapinski Undergraduate Chair