Maya Tudor

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

Associate Professor in Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, St. Hildas College
St Hilda's College

Maya Tudors 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 Associations Gabriel Almond Prize for the Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics. The book investigates the origins of India and Pakistans puzzling regime divergence in the aftermath of colonial independence. She is also the author of a number of articles, most recently Explaining Democracys in Comparative Politics.

Maya Tudor has also 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 worlds 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


Democratization: Theory and Practice (Oxford University MPhil).

Seminar in Qualitative Methods (Oxford University MPhil).

The Comparative Political Economy of Development (Princeton University Graduate).

International Politics (Princeton University Undergraduate).

Ethics and Public Policy (Princeton University Undergraduate).

International Economics (Stanford University Undergraduate).

Research summary

Comparative Democratization

Political Party Formation

Colonialism and Origins of State Capacity

Regime Politics

Qualitative Research Methods

Research interests

Government, Democracy and Democratisation, Methods, Political Parties


Democratisation in South Asia




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 Democracys Origins, Comparative Politics, April 2013


Book Chapters:

The Historical Inheritance of Indias 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)

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