Senior Lecturer in Politics
Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute
- Dr Rochana Bajpai
- Email address:
- 020 7898 4750
- SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
- Russell Square: College Buildings
- Office No:
- Office Hours:
- Thursdays 3pm - 5pm
- On Sabbatical:
- Term 1, 2015/16
Rochana Bajpai received a B.A. in Political Science from the M.S. University of Baroda, India, an M.A. in Political Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, an M.Phil and D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford. She joined SOAS in 2006.
Rochana’s research interests are in comparative political thought and political ideologies, liberalism and multiculturalism, and modern Indian politics. Her first book Debating Difference: Group Rights and Liberal Democracy in India (2011, reprinted 2012, 2014), demonstrated the importance of the practice of argument and debate in the context of the demands of group equality and national unity. Based on a close reading of Indian constitutional and parliamentary debates on minority rights and affirmative action, her book developed a model that hinges on the interplay between a set of normative concepts. Rochana has also published several journal articles and chapters in edited volumes on constitution-making, secularism, social justice and liberalism in India.
Rochana’s current research funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2013-15), examines the theory and practice of political representation with particular reference to minority representation in Indian Parliament. She is also working on comparative affirmative action, with a focus on policy debates in India and Malaysia, as well as comparative political thought and ethnography.
Rochana is a founding member of the SOAS Centre for Comparative Political Thought and a co-convenor of the London Comparative Political Thought Group. Prior to joining SOAS, Rochana was a Junior Research Fellow in Politics at Balliol College, Oxford and the Centre for Political Ideologies. She has also held fellowships at St. Anne’s College (Anna Biegun Warburg) and Wolfson College, University of Oxford.