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, Russian/post-communist studies, Asian studies, labor politics, international development, international relations theory, 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 (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 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, Journal of Industrial Relations, Studies in Comparative International Development, Current History, and Post-Soviet Affairs.  He is also author of more than a dozen book chapters and coeditor of five anthologies, including The Politics of Labor in a Global Age (Oxford University Press, 2001), World Order After Leninism (University of Washington Press, 2007) and, most recently, Comparative Area Studies: Methodological Rationales and Cross-Regional Applicatons (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).  Professor 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.  Some of the research for the latter book was presented in a paper that received the APSA Best Paper Award for the Labor Studies section at the 2013 Annual Meeting.

Research Interests: 
  • Comparative politics: labor politics, development, institutional change
  • Area specialties: Russian/post-communist studies, Asian studies
  • International relations: general theory, US-Russia relations
  • Qualitative methodology: 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.
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