Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Rudra Sil ─ Triangulating Regions, Not Just Methods: The Distinctive Logic and Contribution of Comparative Area Studies

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Kim Koo Library

Rudra Sil is Professor of Political Science and the SAS Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  His research and teaching interests encompass comparative politics, Russian/post-communist studies, Asian studies, labor politics, international development, international relations theory, qualitative methodology, and the philosophy of the social sciences.  He is author of Managing ‘Modernity’: Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia (University of Michigan Press, 2002) and Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010), coauthored with Peter Katzenstein. The latter book was one of thirteen titles in international relations honored as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2011.  Professor Sil’s articles have appeared in a wide range of journals, including Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Industrial Relations, Studies in Comparative International Development, Current History, andPost-Soviet Affairs.  He is also author of more than a dozen book chapters and coeditor of five anthologies, including The Politics of Labor in a Global Age (Oxford University Press, 2001), World Order After Leninism (University of Washington Press, 2007) and, most recently, Comparative Area Studies: Methodological Rationales and Cross-Regional Applicatons (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).  Professor Sil is currently working on two books, Russia Reconsidered:  Fate of a Former Superpower (under contract, Cambridge University Press) and Pathways of the Post-communist Proletariat: Labor Politics in Russia, China and Eastern Europe. 

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