Rudra Sil

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, Room 301
Office Hours: Mon 4-5

Rudra Sil is Professor of Political Science and the SAS Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and has been teaching at Penn since 1996. His research and teaching interests encompass comparative politics, Russian/post-communist studies, Asian studies, the politics of labor, international development, international relations theory, qualitative methodology, and the philosophy of the social sciences.  He is author, coauthor or coeditor of seven books. His two monographs are Managing ‘Modernity’: Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia (University of Michigan Press, 2002) and Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010), coauthored with Peter Katzenstein. The latter book was honored as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2011.  His coedited anthologies include The Politics of Labor in a Global Age (Oxford University Press, 2001) and Comparative Area Studies: Methodological Rationales and Cross-Regional Applicatons (Oxford University Press, 2018).  Prof. Sil is also author of three dozen articles and book chapters. His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in a wide range of  journals, including Perspectives on Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Journal of Industrial Relations, Studies in Comparative International Development, Economy and Society, and Post-Soviet Affairs.  He also serves on the editorial boards of two journals, Comparative Political Studies and Russian Politics, and is an elected board member of the Committee on Concepts and Methods of the International Political Science Association (2016-19). Prof. Sil is currently working on two books, Russia Reconsidered:  Fate of a Former Superpower (under contract, Cambridge University Press) and Pathways of the Post-communist Proletariat: Labor Politics in Russia, China and Eastern Europe.  Research related to the latter project was presented in a paper that received the award for Best Paper in Labor Studies at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Research Interests: 
  • Comparative politics - development, labor politics, social movements, institutions & organizations
  • Area expertise: Russian/post-communist studies, Asian studies
  • International relations: general theory, US-Russia relations
  • Qualitative methodology: comparative-historical analysis, interdisciplinarity, philosophy of social science
Selected Publications: 
  • BOOK – Comparative Area Studies: Methodological Rationales and Cross-Regional Applications (Oxford University Press, 2018), co-edited with Ariel Ahram and Patrick Köllner. Preview this book">here.
  • BOOK -- Managing "Modernity": Work Community and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia.  University of Michigan Press, 2002. Preview this book here.
  • 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. Preview this book here.
Courses Taught: 
  • Evolving Perspectives in Comparative Politics (graduate seminar)
  • Russian Politics (advanced lecture - with graduate credit option) 
  • Political Change in the "3rd World" (undergraduate lecture) 
  • Globalization, Development & the BRICS (freshman seminar)

University of Pennsylvania
The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
133 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Nicholas Sambanis Chair
Alex Weisiger Graduate Chair
Daniel Hopkins Undergraduate Chair