Amit Ahuja

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Associate Professor

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Ellison 3722
De Anza 2004 (office hours)


Comparative Politics, Ethnicity and Identity, Social Movements, Security, South Asia
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2008


Amit Ahuja is an Associate Professor and Faculty-in-Residence at the Manzanita Village and San Rafael Residence Halls. His research focuses on the processes of inclusion and exclusion in multiethnic societies. He has studied this within the context of ethnic parties and movements, military organization, intercaste marriage, and skin color preferences in South Asia.

Professor Ahuja’s book, Mobilizing the Marginalized: Ethnic Parties without Ethnic Movements published by Oxford University Press was the winner of the 2020 New India Foundation Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Book Prize. He has coedited a volume with Devesh Kapur, Internal Security in India: Violence, Order, and the State published by Oxford University Press. He is currently working on a book-length project titled, Building National Armies in Multiethnic States. In 2022-23, he is a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington DC. Professor Ahuja was awarded The Margret T. Getman Service to Students Award in 2015.

Professor Ahuja’s research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Institute of Indian Studies, the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the Hellman Family Foundation, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Michigan.




Recent and Forthcoming Publications:


“Hierarchy in Protest,” Dalits in the New Millennium, ed. Sudha Pai, D. Shyam Babu, and Rahul Verma, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming. (with Rajkamal Singh)

“Preventive Repression: Protest Policing in New Delhi,” Journal of Urban Affairs, forthcoming. (with Rahul Hemrajani and Rajkamal Singh)


Internal Security in India: Violence, Order, and the State, New York: Oxford University Press, 2023. (with Devesh Kapur)


“Military in Internal Security,” Internal Security in India: Violence, Order, and the State, ed. Amit Ahuja and Devesh Kapur, New York: Oxford University Press, 2023. (with Srinath Raghavan)


“Anticorruption Politics VS Democratic Deepening and Welfare in India,” Asian Survey, Volume 61, Issue 5(2021): pgs 825-853. (with Adnan Naseemullah and Susan L. Ostermann)


“The Election Commission of India: Guardian of Democracy,” Guardians of Public Value: How Public Organisations Become and Remain Institutions, ed. Arjen Boin, Lauren Fahy, and Paul t’Hart, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2021. (With Susan Ostermann)






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Politics of the Military

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Government and Politics of South Asia
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Politics of the Poor

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Politics of Economic Development


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Comparative Politics

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Politics of Economic Development

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Social Movements and Their Effects