Associate Director, South Asia Institute
Professor, Political Science
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).