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Prof Aseem Prakash

Professor , Hyderabad campus

School of Public Policy and Governance

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. in Political Science (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Aseem Prakash is a Professor of Public Policy, School of  Public Policy, and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Aseem has more than 20 years of experience in research and teaching which also includes a stint at the University of Oxford as a Fell Fund Fellow. Aseem has been instrumental in laying the intellectual foundation of the School of Public Policy and Governance including designing the course curriculum of the M.A. in Public Policy and Governance Programme (PPG) at TISS.

Before joining TISS, Aseem was part of the two-member team which established the first Public Policy school in India- Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. Aseem was also invited by the UNDP and Department of Planning, Government of Maldives to prepare a rubric for the first-ever Maldives Institute of Policy Studies in Male, Maldives.

Aseem has completed over a dozen big research projects for various international and national donors. His research interests include the interface between the state and markets; regulation and institutions; sociology of markets, social discrimination, human development. Currently, Aseem’s research efforts are focused on two research projects: “Regulation of Small Town Capitalism” and “Cities, Social History and Muslim Entrepreneurs”.

Aseem also serves in an advisory capacity in numerous public policy and social science departments. He is regularly invited as a resource person in various training programmes conducted for Indian civil servants.

His most recent books are titled Dalit Capital: State, Markets, and Civil Society in Urban India; published by Routledge (2015) and The Indian Middle Class (co-authored with Surinder Jodhka), published by Oxford University Press (2016).

Aseem is a compulsive follower of political gossip and likes discussing it with people who can make sense of it. He believes that he would have been more contented and happy if he had pursued a career in sports. Aseem earned his doctorate from the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Aseem's research interests include the interface between the state and markets; regulation and institutions; sociology of markets; social discrimination and human development. Currently, Aseem’s research efforts are focused on two research projects:  “Regulatory State and Capitalism” and “Cities, Social History and Muslim Entrepreneurs”. 




  • Dalit Capital: State, Markets and Civil Society in Urban India Routledge, 2015
  • (co-authored volume with Surinder Jodhka) The Middle Class in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2016

 Recent Articles in Journals/ Edited Books

  • Dalits Enter The Indian Markets as Owners Of Capital: Adverse Inclusion, Social Networks and Civil Society’, Asian Survey, Vol. 55, Number 5, pp. 1044–1069
  • (Co-Authored with Suraj Gogoi), ‘What Happened to Caste-Based Political Parties?, Exemplar The Journal of South Asian Studies, volume 3, number 1, Spring 2015, pp. 18-27
  • Discrimination, Unfavourable Inclusion and Intersectionality’ in Vidhu Verma (ed.) Unequal Worlds: Discrimination And Social Inequality In Modern India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2015
  • (Co-authored with Barbara Harriss-White), ‘Social Discrimination in India: A Case for Economic Citizenship’ in Janakarajan, S. L. Venkatachalam, and R. Maria Saleth (ed) Indian Economy in Transition: Issues and Challenges-Essays in Honor of CT Kurien, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2015


Ongoing Research Projects

Title: Cities, Social History and Muslim Entrepreneurs

The research project aims to write the social history of select cities from the vantage point of successful Muslim entrepreneurs who control significant proportions of economic activities in that particular city. In other words, how and why certain economic activities (for instance spices in Kozhikode, perfume in Lucknow, medical equipment in Kolkata, retail of electrical equipment in Bhopal, restaurants and bakery in Hyderabad) flourished in these cities and how Muslims acquired a dominant position in these economic sectors. The project endeavours to connect the business history of successful entrepreneurs to the “socioeconomic” history of the particular economic sector in which they have succeeded and then examine how these two have impacted and influenced the social history of the city and vice-versa.


Courses Taught: 

Public Policy: Paradigm and Practices

Ethics and Public Action 

The Political Economy of Indian State

Policy Analysis Exercise 

State, Markets and Regulation

Environment and Development

Policy Area Concentration (PAC): Institutional Reform, Capacity and Regulation. The PAC comprises of three courses:

  a) History and Perspectives of Institutions and Regulation

  b) Regulation and Institutions 

  c) The future of Regulation 

Email: aseem.prakash[at]tiss[dot]edu

Aseem Prakash


School of Public Policy and Governance

Tata Institute of Social Sciences


Phone: + 91 8099781430

Email: aseem.prakash@tiss.edu; aseemprakash@gmail.com