Dr Maya Tudor’s research investigates the origins of stable, democratic and effective states across the developing world, with a particular emphasis on South Asia.

She was educated at Stanford University (BA in Economics) and Princeton University (MPA in Development Studies and PhD in Politics and Public Policy). She has held fellowships at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Oxford University’s Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy, and Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

She is currently working on two book manuscripts, a comparative study of nationalisms and democracy in Asia and a critical review of nationalism research (Cambridge University Press). Her last 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 articles in Comparative Politics, Party Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Annual Review of Political Science, and Indian Politics and Policy. Her writing has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Hindu, New Statesman, Washington Post, and Indian Express.

Before embarking on an academic career, Maya 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. 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.

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Recent publications

Azlan, Choo, Cuadra, Deak, Godlewski, Lam, Murphy, Oparadike, Sivadas, Mangla, Tudor, 2022. "Addressing Violence Against Women in Madhya Pradesh, India: The Urgent Action and Just Relief Program." REACH Alliance Case Study.

Mylonas and Tudor, 2021. "Nationalism: What We Know and What We Still Need to Know." Annual Review of Political Science.

Tudor and Slater, 2020. "Nationalism, Authoritarianism, and Democracy: Historical Lessons from South and Southeast Asia." Perspectives on Politics.

Why Religious Tolerance Won in Indonesia But Lost in India.” (with Dan Slater) Foreign Affairs, July 3, 2019.

Tudor and Ziegfeld, 2019. "Social Cleavages, Party Organization, and the End of Single-Party Dominance: Insights from India." Comparative Politics.

"Can Nationalism Be a Resource for Democracy?", in The Long Now, April 16, 2019.

"Why nativism rather than nationalism represents Southeast Asia’s democratic danger", in Asia Dialogue, March 18, 2019.

How Nationalism Can Actually Help Democracy.” The Washington Post, April 25, 2018.

“India’s Nationalism in Historical Perspective: The Democratic Dangers of Ascendant Nativism.” Indian Politics & Policy Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2018

“The Content of Democracy: Nationalist Parties and Inclusive Ideologies in India and Indonesia” (with Dan Slater) in Parties, Movements and Democracy in the Developing World, Nancy Bermeo and Deborah Yashar, eds. Cambridge University Press Studies in Contentious Politics. 2017

“Can a Coup in Zimbabwe Really Usher in Democracy?” The New Statesman, November 24, 2017.

Nationalism Can Be a Force for Good As Well as Evil.” The Scotsman, October 31, 2017