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Associate Professor of Political Economy

Saumitra Jha

'18 - '20 Peiros Family Faculty Fellow
King Center on Global Development

Associate Professor of Political Economy
Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)

Senior Fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)

Saumitra Jha is an associate professor of political economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and a professor of economics and of political science by courtesy. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law, in the Freeman-Spogli Institute and at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Prior to joining the GSB, Saumitra was an Academy Scholar at Harvard University. He has been a fellow of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. He received the Michael Wallerstein Award for best published article in political economy from the American Political Science Association for his research on ethnic tolerance. Saumitra has consulted on economic and political risk issues for the United Nations/ WTO and the World Bank. He holds a BA from Williams College, master’s degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.

Saumitra convenes the King Center's Conflict and Polarization initiative.

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