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Dr Louise Tillin is Reader in Politics and Director, King’s India Institute. She is also programme director of the MSc Global Affairs. Her research interests include federalism, democracy and territorial politics in India, and the history and politics of Indian social policy. Her research has been funded by the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, Leverhulme Trust and the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). Her books include Remapping India: New States and their Political Origins (Hurst & Co/Oxford University Press, 2013) and Indian Federalism (New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2019).

Dr Tillin holds a DPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, was a Thouron Scholar (MA South Asia Regional Studies) at the University of Pennsylvania and has a BA (Hons) History from Cambridge. Before joining King’s in 2011, Louise was Joyce Lambert Research Fellow in Politics at Newnham College, Cambridge. Prior to academia, she worked for BBC News in several roles including as a South Asia analyst. As well as being a regular commentator on Indian politics in UK, Indian and international media, Dr Tillin is an editor of Regional and Federal Studies.


  • Federalism, democracy and territorial politics in India, and in comparative perspective
  • History and politics of Indian social policy
  • Political economy of development in India
  • Subnational comparative politics


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See Louise's research profile