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Dr. Sanjay Ruparelia is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, and holds the Jarislowsky Democracy Chair, made possible by a generous donation from the Jarislowsky Foundation.
In addition to a PhD in Politics from the University of Cambridge, Dr. Ruparelia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours-Political Science) from McGill University and a Master of Philosophy (Sociology and Politics of Development) from the University of Cambridge.
Prior to joining the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, Dr. Ruparelia was Associate Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research. Prior to the New School, he was assistant director of the South Asia Institute, a lecturer at Columbia University, and served as a consultant to the United Nations.
Dr. Ruparelia's research addresses the politics of democracy, equality and development in the postcolonial world, as well as the role of parties, movements and institutions in politics.
He is currently preparing two book manuscripts, provisionally titled Contesting a Right to Welfare: Law, Citizenship and Accountability in India and A New Path to Welfare: Rights and Constitutionalism in the Global South. The first examines the role, successes and failures of lawyers, activists and judges in advancing rights claims, socioeconomic welfare and political accountability in the world’s largest democracy since the 1970s. The second compares India’s experience vis-à-vis analogous developments in China, South Africa and Brazil. It is part of a wider research agenda that analyzes the causes and ramifications of the countries' respective trajectories in the evolving world order.
Refereed Journal Articles
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Work in progress: Books
Work in Progress: Papers