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Director
Tel : (65) 6516 4239
Email : isasmskr@nus.edu.sg
 
Professor Subrata K. Mitra joined the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) as a Visiting Research Professor and Director on 13 April 2015. He has moved to Singapore from Heidelberg, Germany, where he was the Head of Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute for the past 20 years.

Subrata Mitra was born in India where he received his early education (BA, Ravenshaw College, Cuttack; MA, Delhi University, M.Phil., JNU) and the United States (University of Rochester, N.Y., Ph.D. in Political Science). His professional career began in India (Lectureship in Political Science Delhi, 1971), and continued in France (Maison des Sciences de l’Hommes, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris), the United Kingdom (universities of Hull and Nottingham), US (University of California, Berkeley), and Germany (Heidelberg University). He has also held visiting positions in several universities in Asia (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and the Radhakrishnan Chair at the Central University of Hyderabad, India).

Besides teaching, research, mentoring graduate students, publishing, setting up major journals, and book series, institution-building has been a distinguishing feature of the academic repertoire of Professor Mitra. It began in Hull University, UK, where he played a key role in the setting up the Centre for Indian Studies, and directed it for nine years. Subsequently, under his leadership (1994-2014) as Professor and Head, the Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute of Heidelberg (Germany) developed into a major centre for advanced research in South Asian and comparative politics.

Relocation to Singapore and the remit as Director of the ISAS – with its global network, rich body of scholars and the excellent infra-structure of the NUS – provides Professor Mitra the opportunity to transfer his skills, experience and network to the stimulating environment of Singapore. He attaches great importance to the interdisciplinary character of ISAS, the privileged access to the academic infrastructure of NUS and the proximity to statesmen and leaders of business and industry in Singapore and South Asia but also at the global level.

Subrata Mitra’s graduate training at the University of Rochester in quantitative methods, theory of games and rational choice and comparative politics was enriched with his subsequent research on local politics and comparative regional development in India. The dynamic interaction of culture and rationality has deeply influenced his research profile, which currently focuses on governance and administration, citizenship, hybridity and re-use, the evolution of the Indian state from classical to modern times, religion and transition to democracy and its consolidation, and security and foreign affairs of South Asia. His main goal as the Director of ISAS is to create a stimulating environment in which the resident and visiting scholars of ISAS can engage the leaders of the economy, politics, civil society, and diplomats and civil servants of South Asia, and enhance the two-way flow of knowledge between Singapore and the region. He will make all efforts to help ISAS remain relevant to contemporary South Asia and to conflate policy analysis and cutting edge theory – to mutual benefit.
Senior Associate Director
Tel : (65) 6516 8106
Email : isasjdpt@nus.edu.sg
 
Mr Johnson Paul, worked as the Deputy Director for Government and Business Information Services (GBIS) of the National Library Board of Singapore (NLB) and concurrently served as Senior Strategy Consultant for Cybrarian Ventures (a venture company of the National Library Board). He has extensive corporate and strategic planning expertise, championing public sector wide “Value Innovation?framework for government and subsequently the project champion for Library 2010 and Project Deputy Chair of Library 2020. He has contributed to several research and case studies on NLB which includes Harvard, INSEAD and Yale case studies. He was an active member of the implementation committee for “Brand Singapore?inter-sector initiative, Tamil Internet Steering Committee and project coordinator for ASEAN INFONET, a regional information network. Mr Johnson has a wealth of experience in fund raising and served as a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Learning Award 2007 and 2008(USA) and Network for Information and Digital Access (UK) and Asia Dialogue Society (ADS, Bangkok).

Mr Johnson was invited to be member of the literati society of Emerald Intelligence in 2005 and serves as the international editor for PROGRAM (UK); editor for EPRINT, and NRIN. He has presented papers on several international conferences including the International Federation of Library Association, World Bank Knowledge Management group, European Union Cultural cluster. He also represented Singapore in receiving the International Award for the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCi) in 2008 and 2009. His specific strengths are in multipartite collaboration, executing cross-agency initiatives like Enterprise Business Information Services, a partnership with Singapore Business Federation, SPRING Singapore, IE Singapore and NLB. He had successfully engineered multi-sector collaboration in digitisation initiatives that represented NLB's pioneering effort in the digital domain. Within the public sector he is well known for executing international conferences, amongst others the World Library Summit which garnered 1,000 participants from across the world.

In July 2003, he completed an Executive Management Course with INSEAD under the Firefly Leadership Programme of the Economic Development Board (EDB.) In 2010 he completed a Management Development Programme of the Civil Service College. Johnson had contributed significantly to organizational change particularly in raising the scholarship profile of the National Library with the introduction of Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship and the National Library’s publishing initiative. Amongst others, the “National Directory of Humanities and Social Sciences Scholars in Singapore? “BiblioAsia? and “How Singapore Compares?has had wide international acclaim.
Assistant Director; and Senior Research Fellow
Tel : (65) 6601 3772
Email : isasrjr@nus.edu.sg
 
Introduction

Dr Rajesh Rai is Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at National University of Singapore (NUS). He is concurrently Assistant Professor at the South Asian Studies Programme (SASP) at NUS.

Dr Rai received his MA (with Distinction) and PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK), and was awarded the Neville Chamberlain Scholarship for the duration of his doctoral research. A historian, he specialises in diaspora studies, nationalism and the postcolonial history and politics of South Asia.

He has edited several books on the South Asian diaspora, including the Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora (2006) for which he was the Assistant Editor. His articles have been published in premier academic journals such as Modern Asian Studies, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. His forthcoming single-authored book, Indians in Singapore, 1819-1945: Diaspora in the Colonial port-city (Oxford University Press) will be released in June 2014. Dr Rai currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal, South Asian Diaspora, and is also Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Social Science. He has a passion for teaching and has received numerous teaching awards at NUS.
Head of Research; and Honorary Senior Fellow
Tel : 6516 8582
Email : sasrm@nus.ed.sg
 
Associate Professor Rahul Mukherji is Head of Research; and Honorary Senior Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at National University of Singapore (NUS). He is concurrently Assoc. Professor at the South Asian Studies Programme (SASP) at NUS. He has earlier taught political economy at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), Hunter College (New York) and the University of Vermont (Burlington).

Assoc. Prof Mukherji serves on the editorial board of Pacific Affairs, is a contributing editor of India Review and sits on the NUS Advisory Board of International Studies Review. His research has appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, Review of International Political Economy, Journal of Development Studies, Pacific Affairs, India Review and Economic and Political Weekly. Rahul has edited India’s Economic Transition (Oxford University Press 2007) and co-authored with Sumit Ganguly, India since 1980 (Cambridge University Press, 2011) whose Brazilian edition is being translated into Portuguese. His most recent books include the Oxford India Short Introduction to the Political Economy of Reforms in India and Globalization and Deregulation: Ideas, Interests and Institutional Change in India (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Assoc. Prof Mukherji holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University. He is passionate about teaching and cooking.
 
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