Francine Frankel


Professor Emeritus

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Francine R. Frankel is Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), serving as Director from 1992-2006.  She is a Founding Member of the University  of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI), New Delhi, the counterpart institution of CASI.

Her research interests include India’s political economy, foreign policy decision-making and power realignments in Asia.  The recipient  of research grants from the Ford Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Smithsonian Institution, American Institute of Indian Studies and the American Philosophical Society, she has held research appointments at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Library, New Delhi, Delhi School of Economics, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and the Center for International Studies, Princeton University. 

She is the author or editor of eight books, including the second edition of India's Political Economy, 1947-2004, (2005); and co-editor of  The India-China Relationship, What the United States Needs to Know (2004). Currently, she is at work on a book manuscript, drawing on archival materials titled "Origins of Strategic Rivalry in Asia: India, America and China during the Early Cold War."

Professor Frankel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and has served on several policy task forces sponsored by the CFR, the Asia Society, the Brookings Institution  and the
Carnegie Foundation for International Peace. 

She holds a Ph.D degree from the University of Chicago.

Research Interests
  • The Political Economy of Development
  • State and Society
  • India, Pakistan, China
  • International Relations of the U.S. and Asia during the Cold War
Courses Taught
  • Political Economy of Development
  • International Relations of South Asia
  • International Relations of US & Asia (Cold War History)
  • Society and Politics of India
Selected Publications
  • India's Political Economy 1947-2004, Second Ed. (Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • The The India-China Relationship: What the United States Needs to Know. (Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Columbia University Press, 2004). [co-editor, with Harry Harding]
  • Transforming India: Social and Political Dynamics of Democracy. (Oxford University Press, 2000). [editor]
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  • Dominance and State Power in Modern India. (Oxford University Press, 1989). [editor]
  • India's Political Economy, 1947-1977: The Gradual Revolution. (Princeton University Press, 1978).
  • India's Green Revolution, Economic Gains and Political Costs. (Princeton University Press, 1971).
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