Many leading intellectual figures on the international legal stage are judges or government officials whose duties prevent them from spending more than a week or so away from home. To gain the benefit of such people in our community, some of whom are former academics, the Hauser Global Law School Program invites them to campus as Distinguished Global Fellows. During their brief visits, the distinguished fellows may participate in selected classes, seminars, colloquia, or other occasional lecture series such as the Distinguished Global Fellows Lecture Series.
2021-2022 Distinguished Global Fellow
Pratap Bhanu Mehta (November 2021)
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 430AA
40 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-6479
Pratap Bhanu Mehta is Laurence Rockefeller Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. He was previously Vice- Chancellor of Ashoka University (2017-2020) and President, Center for Policy Research, Delhi (2005-2017) He has previously taught at Harvard, Ashoka University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and has been Global Faculty at NYU Law School. He has published numerous papers in political theory, history of ideas and Indian Constitutional Law and Indian Politics. He is the author of The Burden of Democracy (Penguin 2003) and has produced several edited volumes. He is (most recently) co-editor, with Madhav Khosla and Sujit Choudhary of The Oxford Handbook to the Indian Constitution. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy and SSRC Fellow for 2020.
His policy experience includes being Convenor of the Prime Minister of India's Knowledge Commission (2005-2007) and member of India’s National Security Advisory Board. He is also editorial consultant to the Indian Express. He is a prolific contributor to public debates. He has also published in the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and numerous other dailies. He is a winner of the Infosys Prize 2011. His citation for the Infosys Prize, written by a Jury Chaired by Amartya Sen read, "Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta has established himself as one of India’s finest scholars and public minds, who has inspired a new generation of intellectual enquiry. He has contributed not only to political philosophy and social theory in general, but has also addressed urgent issues of Indian politics and public policy. Mehta has shown an exemplary willingness to broaden the sphere of public reason and to challenge reigning orthodoxies, while remaining committed to institution building." Mehta studied PPE at Oxford and has a Ph.D in Politics from Princeton University.