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Associate Director, South Asia Institute
Professor, Political Science
Columbia University




Philip Oldenburg is Associate Director of the Southern Asian Institute and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has specialized in the politics of South Asia, with a focus on local government elections and institutions in India, since his first trip to India in 196465. He taught full-time at Columbia (197790), and as a visitor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago. His publications on Pakistan include "The Breakup of Pakistan" in The Regional Imperative: The Administration of U.S. Foreign Policy Towards South Asian States under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, by Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne H. Rudolph et al. (New Delhi: Concept Publishing, 1980); and "'A Place Insufficiently Imagined': Language, Belief, and the Pakistan Crisis of 1971," Journal of Asian Studies 44, no. 4 (1985). He has edited or coedited nine volumes of the Asia Society's India Briefing series (19882002).