Dr Maya J Tudor

PhD(Princeton), MPA(Princeton), BA(Stanford)

Teaching and Research

Supernumerary Fellow in Politics

Maya Tudor is a University Lecturer in Government and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University and a fellow of St Hilda's College. Maya Tudor has worked as a Special Assistant to Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz at the World Bank, at UNICEF, in the United States Senate, and at the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, recently ranked the world's top NGO. A dual citizen of Germany and the United States, she has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Germany, France, India, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Maya Tudor's research investigates the origins of stable, democratic and effective states across the developing world, with a particular emphasis upon South Asia. Her recently published book, The Promise of Power (Cambridge University Press, 2013), was based upon her 2010 dissertation, which won the American Political Science Association's Gabriel Almond Prize for the Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics. The book investigates the origins of India and Pakistan's puzzling regime divergence in the aftermath of colonial independence. She is also the author of a number of articles, most recently Explaining Democracy's Origins in Comparative Politics.



The Promise of Power: The Origins of Democracy in India and Autocracy in Pakistan (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Twin Births, Divergent Democracies: The Social and Institutional Origins of Regime Outcomes in India and Pakistan, 1920-1958 (Manuscript currently under review with Cambridge University Press)


'Explaining Democracy's Origins'. Comparative Politics April 2013

Book Chapters

'The Historical Inheritance of India's Democracy' in Routledge Handbook of Indian Politics (Atul Kohli and Prerna Singh, eds. December 2012)

'Sub-national Democratization in India: Colonial Competition and the Challenge to Congress Dominance', Laurence Whitehead and Jacqueline Behrend, (eds). (Forthcoming 2011, Johns Hopkins Press)

Book Reviews

'The Historical Exploitation of Pakistani Radicalism' (Book review of F.Shaikh, "Making Sense of Pakistan". Forthcoming 2010, Journal of Punjab Studies)

'India's Democratic Journey' (Book Review of S.Ganguly, L.Diamond, and M.Plattner, eds. "The State of India's Democracy" Taiwan Journal of Democracy. December 2008)