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Christophe Jaffrelot

Christophe Jaffrelot is Research Director at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po (Paris). He was Director of CERI (Centre d’Etudeset de Recherches Internationales) at Sciences Po, between 2000 and 2008. His research interests include: theories of nationalism and democracy; mobilisation of the lower castes and untouchables in India; Hindu nationalist movement; ethnic conflicts in Pakistan.

Christophe holds degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP), the University of Paris I-Sorbonne, the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) and a PhD in political science. He joined the CNRS in 1991 and was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal in 1993. He became a senior research Fellow in 2002. He has served as director of CERI of 2000-2008.Directs four book series published by Fayard, Autrement, Hurst and Palgrave; former editor-in-chief (1998-2003) and current director of Critique Internationale. He is the member of the steering committee of Aspen France and of the scientific councils of SüdasienInstitut, Heidelberg and IUED, Geneva. He chairs the Asia Group at the DGCID of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He also teaches Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's University India Institute and is a regular Visitor at the universities of Yale, Princeton, SAIS and Columbia University. He has to his credit publications such as, India’s Silent Revolution. The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India, London, Hurst, 2003, The Hindu nationalist movement and Indian politics, 1925 to the 1990s, London, Hurst 1999. His recent publications include Armed Militias of South Asia, Co-editor with L. Gayer, London, Hurst, 2010, India since 1950, Yatra Books/ Cambridge University Press, 2011, and Muslims in Indian Cities, Hurst / Harper Collins, 2012.


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