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Madhav Khosla
Visiting Faculty of Law

Madhav Khosla is the Ambedkar Visiting Associate Professor at Columbia Law School. He is also an Associate Professor of Political Science at Ashoka University, New Delhi and a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He is a recipient of the Edward M. Chase Prize for the best dissertation on a subject relating to the promotion of world peace at Harvard University.

His articles have been published in eminent journals and publications such as the Economic & Political Weekly, Foreign Affairs, Frontline, The Hindu, The Indian Express, Los Angeles Review of Books, Open, ThePrint, and Seminar.


  • PhD (Political Theory), Harvard University
  • LLM, Yale Law School
  • BA, LLB (Hons), National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Major Works

  • Author, India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy, Harvard University Press, 2020
  • Regulation in India: Design, Capacity, Performance, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018
  • Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution, Oxford University Press, 2016
  • Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2015
  • Letters for a Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers, Penguin Allen Lane, 2014
  • The Short Introduction to the Indian Constitution, Oxford Publishing, 2012

Research interests

  • Public Law and Political Theory
  • Theory and Practice of Constitutionalism under Conditions of Rapid Democratization
  • Weak State Capacity, and Low Levels of Socio-Economic Development
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