ICI’s Research Scholars bring a wide range of expertise to the Institute, and are helping to expand ICI’s public profile and research networks, especially related to research on some of the following themes: capitalism, economics, prosperity and inequality, migration, cities and global politics in China and India. These scholars will help lead ongoing research initiatives, develop new lines of inquiry, and contribute new scholarly reseach on India and China. The following three scholars will be at the Institute for the 2015-2016 academic term.


David Ludden

David Ludden is Professor of Political Economy and Globalization and Chair of the Department of History at New York University. He was Chair of South Asia programs at UPenn, at the Social Science Research Council, and at the Fulbright Senior Scholars program (CIES). A former President of the Association for Asian Studies, his publications include four edited volumes, three monographs, and over 50 academic articles and chapters, whose overarching theme is the comparative history of capitalism, particularly in agrarian settings as it concerns inequality, poverty, conflict, and social movements. He is currently involved with SouthAsia@NYU, an annual Global South Asia Conference (since 2008), The Global Café and Global Seminar Dissertation Workshops, all anchored by the Institute for Public Knowledge, where he is a Senior Fellow. He has a PhD in History from UPenn.


Lei Ping

Lei Ping is Assistant Professor of China Studies and Coordinator of Chinese Program at the New School for Public Engagement. She has been teaching courses on contemporary Chinese cities, urbanization, globalization, the middle class, property rights law, democracy, pop culture in media as well as Chinese language at The New School since 2010. She is an active member of The New School India China Institute Faculty Advisory Committee. In 2012, she launched the first field-based undergraduate summer study abroad program for The New School in Shanghai, China in collaboration with Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts and Parsons School for Design. She has a PhD in East Asian Studies from New York University.


Vamsi Vakulabharanam

Vamsi Vakulabharanam is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), Amherst. Previous to this position, he was Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Hyderabad in India, and Assistant Professor of Economics at Queens College of the City University of New York from 2004 to 2007. He is a former Fellow and a Visiting Scholar of the India China Institute. He is currently a grantee at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET, NYC) working on a project titled, ‘Economic Development and Inequality: What Can the Asian Experience Teach Us?‘ Professor Vakulabharanam’s recent research focuses on inequality in the contemporary Asian economies, including India and China. His additional research interests include political economy, economic development, economics of inequality and the economics of Asia. He has a PhD in Economics from the UMass, Amherst.