- PhD, 2000, political economy, University of Southern California
- MA, 2000, economics, University of Southern California
- MA, 1992, political science, University of South Florida
- BA, 1989, political science, University of Florida
Nita Rudra is an Associate Professor of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include the distributional impacts of globalization as they are mediated by politics and institutions, the impact of globalization on fiscal policies, the political foundations of different welfare regimes, and the causes and effects of democracy in developing nations. Her most recent works appear in the Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Studies in Comparative International Development, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization and International Studies Quarterly. She has a book with Cambridge University Press entitled: Globalization and the Race to the Bottom Paradox in Developing Countries: Who Really Gets Hurt? She recently completed a one-year fellowship awarded by the Fulbright-Nehru Foundation at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore India. She has also been a recipient of the International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations, which placed her at the Social Development Department of the World Bank for one year.
Teaching and Research Areas
International political economy, politics of welfare in developing countries, globalization studies, comparative politics, labor in developing countries
Select Publications and Funded Research
- Article “Globalization and the Politics of Natural Resources: Introduction to Special Issue” (with Nathan Jensen). Comparative Political Studies. Forthcoming
- Article “Openness and the Politics of Potable Water” Comparative Political Studies. Forthcoming
- Article: “Why International Organizations Should Bring Basic Needs Back In,” International Studies Perspectives, May 2009.
- Book: Globalization and the Race to the Bottom in Developing Countries: Who Really Gets Hurt? Cambridge University Press, 2008.
- Article: "Welfare Regimes in Developing Countries: Unique or Universal?" Journal of Politics, May 2007.
- Article: With Stephen Haggard. "Globalization, Democracy, and Effective Welfare Spending in the Developing World," Comparative Political Studies, November 2005.
- Article: "Globalization and the Strengthening of Democracy in the Developing World,” American Journal of Political Science, October 2005.
- Article: “Are Workers in the Developing World ‘Winners' or ‘Losers' in the Current Era of Globalization?” Studies in Comparative International Development, Fall 2005.
- Article: "Openness, Welfare Spending and Inequality in the Developing World," International Studies Quarterly 48, 2004.
- Article: "Globalization and the Decline of the Welfare State in Less Developed Countries," International Organization, Spring 2002.
Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors
- Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar, 2010-2011
- Short-term Consultant, World Bank Social Development Department, Summer 2007
- International Affairs Fellowship, Council on Foreign Relations, 2005-2006
Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions
Steering Committee for International Political Economy Society
Steering Committee for International Political Economy Colloquium