Rudra Sil

236 Stiteler Hall
Office Hours: Mondays 4-5PM

Rudra Sil is Professor of Political Science and the SAS Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business.  His research and teaching interests encompass comparative politics, international relations, Russian/post-communist studies, Asian studies, labor politics, development studies, qualitative methodology, and the philosophy of the social sciences.  He is author of Managing ‘Modernity’:  Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia (2002) and Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics (2010), coauthored with Peter Katzenstein. The latter was one of thirteen titles in international relations honored as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2011.  Professor Sil’s articles have appeared in a wide range of journals, including Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, Europe-Asia Studies, and Post-Soviet Affairs.  He is also author of more than a dozen book chapters and coeditor of four volumes, including The Politics of Labor in a Global Age (2001) and Reconfiguring Institutions Across Time and Space (2007).  Professor Sil is currently working on two books, Russia Reconsidered: The Fate of a Former Superpower, and Pathways of the Post-communist Proletariat.  Some of the research for the latter book was presented in a paper (comparing Czech and Polish labor relations) that received the Award for Best Paper in Labor Studies presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA).

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: 
  • BOOK -- Managing "Modernity": Work Community and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia.  University of Michigan Press, 2002. Order this book from the publisher.
  • BOOK -- Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.   Coauthored with Peter J. Katzenstein. -- CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2011. Order this book from the publisher.
  • EDITED VOLUME -- The Politics of Labor in a Global Age. Oxford University Press, 2001.  Co-edited with Christopher Candland.  Order this book from the publisher.
  • 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 (Ph.D. Seminar)
  • PSCI 217/517: Russian Politics (lecture) 
  • PSCI 116: Political Change in the "Third World" (lecture) 
  • PSCI 010: Globalization, Development and the BRICS (freshman seminar)

University of Pennsylvania
208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair