Saumitra Jha is an Associate Professor of Political Economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and, by courtesy, of Economics and of Political Science.

Saumitra holds a BA from Williams College, master’s degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in economics from Stanford University. Prior to joining the GSB, he was an Academy Scholar at Harvard University. He has been a Fellow of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University and received the Michael Wallerstein Award for best published article in Political Economy from the American Political Science Association in 2014 for his research on ethnic tolerance. Saumitra has consulted on economic and political risk issues for the United Nations/ WTO and the World Bank.

Academic Appointments

2018-19 Courses

Stanford Advisees

  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Edgar Franco Vivanco, Ashutosh Thakur, Carlos Eduardo Varjao
  • Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
    Sara Lowes
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Marcos Manuel Salgado
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Jake Jares, Leanne Klock, Marcos Manuel Salgado, Zachary Taylor, Eray Turkel, Hyeon Seok Yu, Floyd Zhang

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