Prof. Dr. Srirupa Roy

Srirupa Roy heads the research group "State and Democracy."

Prior to joining CeMIS in September 2011, Prof. Roy was associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has also held postdoctoral and visiting positions at New York University and Yale University, and has been Senior Advisor for International Collaboration at the Social Science Research Council (New York). She currently serves on the steering committee/advisory board of the Inter-Asia Program at the SSRC. Prof. Roy received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and her A.B. from Dartmouth College.

Prof. Roy is author of Beyond Belief: India and the Politics of Postcolonial Nationalism (Duke University Press, 2007), co-editor of Violence and Democracy in India (Seagull Books, 2006), and Visualizing Secularism: Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, India (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming 2012). Her articles have appeared in Comparative Studies in Society and History, Media, Culture & Society, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Interventions, South Asia, Contributions to Indian Sociology, and in several edited volumes.

Prof. Roy’s research interests include nationalism and the politics of identity; comparative-historical dynamics of state formation and transformation; and democratic politics and economic liberalization. Her current project on media and democracy in India examines the impact of the Indian “television news revolution” (the dramatic growth of commercial television news channels in recent years) on democratic politics.