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Louise Tillin

Dr Louise Tillin


Reader in Politics 


Room: Bush House North East Wing, Room #

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7051

On sabbatical from May 2018 to Sept 2019 supported by a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship.

Louise Tillin is a political scientist who works on contemporary India. Her research interests include

  • Indian federalism and democracy
  • the political economy of development in India
  • subnational comparative politics
  • the history and politics of social policy in India and in comparison with other lower-middle income countries.

Louise is an editor of Regional and Federal Studies, a leading journal on federalism and territorial politics across the world. Her own research has been published in a wide range of journals including Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Contemporary South Asia, Economic and Political Weekly, India Review, Modern Asian Studies, Political Studies, Publius: The Journal of Federalism. Her monograph Remapping India: New States and their Political Origins was published by Hurst & Co/Oxford University Press in 2013. It analyses India’s territorial reconfigurations via the creation of new states within the federal system. She also writes regular columns in the Indian media (including Caravan, Indian Express, The Hindu, India Today) and comments regularly on Indian politics for media outlets including Al Jazeera, BBC, Sky News.

Recent research grants include:

  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship on Welfare and Capitalism in India (May 2018-Sept 2019)
  • Co-investigator on ESRC Rising Powers project, Expanding not Shrinking: the Politics of New Policies to Tackle Poverty and Inequality in Brazil, China, India and South Africa (2012-16). Special issue of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics guest edited in 2017 by Louise Tillin and Jane Duckett on The Politics of Tackling Poverty and Inequality in Brazil, China, India and South Africa (open access)
  • India-Europe Research Network on Explaining Electoral Change in Urban and Rural India funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK (and ANR, France/ICSSR, India), 2012-15. This resulted in new collaborations among partners in India and Europe, and publications including a special issue of Contemporary South Asia on the 2014 Indian General Elections
  • Principal Investigator of UK-India Education Research Initiative trilateral research partnership on the Political Economy of Contemporary India between King’s, UC Berkeley and Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (IGIDR) (2013-15)
  • Principal Investigator of British Academy International Partnership with Lokniti and Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) on Comparative State Politics and Public Policy in India (2011-14). This resulted in Politics of Welfare: Comparisons across India’s States(New Delhi, Oxford University Press) jointly edited with Rajeshwari Deshpande and KK Kailash.

Before joining King’s in 2011, Louise was Joyce Lambert Research Fellow in Politics at Newnham College, University of Cambridge and taught at LSE, SOAS, Sussex and the Open University. She holds a DPhil in Development Studies from IDS, Sussex, was a Thouron Scholar (MA South Asia Regional Studies) at the University of Pennsylvania, and has a BA (Hons) History from Cambridge. Prior to academia, she worked for BBC News in several roles including as a South Asia analyst.

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