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Dr Maya Tudor

BA Stanford, MA PhD Princeton


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.

Recent Publications

Varieties of Nationalism: Communities, Narratives, Identities (with Harris Mylonas).  Cambridge University Press, July 2023.

"Why India's Democracy is Dying". Journal of Democracy.  June 2023.

"The Consequences of Nationalism: A Scholarly Exchange" (with Matthias vom Hau, Marc Helbling, Andreas Wimmer, Daphne Halikiopoulou) in Nations and Nationalism, 2023.

'Political Parties in India' (with Indrajit Roy) in Routledge Handbook of Political Parties, 2023.

“Why Every Nation Needs (A Thick and Inclusive) Nationalism.” In Koopmans and Orgaad, ed., Majorities, Minorities and the Future of Nationhood.  Cambridge University Press, 2022.

“Nations Under Gods or Gods under Nations: The Role of Islam in Asia.” Pauline Jones and Melani Cammett, eds. Oxford Handbook of Muslim Societies. 2022.

“COVID-19 and Authoritarianism: Two Strategies of Engaging Fear.”  (with Wolff, J., Elitzer, D., Petherick, A., and Tyner, K.) 2022. Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric, 13(02), pp.78-98.

“Nationalism: What We Know and What We Still Need to Know” (with Harris Mylonas).  Annual Review of Political Science, 2021.

“Nationalism, Authoritarianism and Democracy: Historical Lessons from South and Southeast Asia.” (with Dan Slater). Perspectives on Politics, May 2021.


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)


  • Fellow in Politics
  • Associate Professor in Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government


  • Politics