ATUL KOHLI is the David K.E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. His principal research interests are in the areas of comparative political economy with a focus on the developing countries. He is the author of Poverty amid Plenty in the New India (2012) (a Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2012 on Asia and the Pacific); State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery (2004) (winner of the Charles Levine Award (2005) of the International Political Science Association); Democracy and Discontent: India's Growing Crisis of Governability (1991); and The State and Poverty in India (1987). He has also edited eight volumes and published some sixty articles. His current research focuses on the topic of "imperialism and the developing world." Through much of his scholarship he has emphasized the role of states in the promotion of prosperity and equity in the developing world.
He is Chief Editor of the journal, World Politics. During 2009-10 he served as the Vice President of the American Political Science Association. He has received grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Ford Foundation and Russell Sage Foundation.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.