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Saumitra Jha

Saumitra Jha

Peiros Family Fellow
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Associate Professor of Political Economy
Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)
Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Associate Professor of Political Science by courtesy
Department of Political Science
Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)
Senior Fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Associate Professor of Economics by courtesy
Department of Economics
PhD, Economics, Stanford University, 2006
MAS, Mathematics (Part III), University of Cambridge, 2001
MPhil., Economics, Cambridge University, 2000
BA, Economics and Mathematics, Williams College, 1999


Saumitra Jha is the inaugural Peiros Family Fellow at the Stanford King Center on Global Development, as well as associate professor of political economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), a senior fellow at SIEPR, and an associate professor of economics, by courtesy.

Jha 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. Prior to joining the GSB, he 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 and received the Michael Wallerstein Award for best published article in Political Economy from the American Political Science Association in 2014 for his research on ethnic tolerance. Jha has consulted on economic and political risk issues for the United Nations/ WTO and the World Bank.


Research Interests: 
Comparative Politics, Development Economics, Economic History, Political Economy