Zoya Hasan


Zoya Hasan is a political scientist and professor whose interests include state, political parties, social movements, issues related to discrimination, exclusion, affirmative action and gender and minority development. She was educated at Aligarh Muslim University and Pennsylvania State University. She is a Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Member of the National Commission for Minorities. She has been a Visiting Professor to the University of Edinburgh and the University of Zurich and held Fellowships at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Rockefeller Centre, Bellagio, and Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin, and Maison des Sciences de L'Homme, Paris. She has lectured at academic institutions in India and many institutions outside India and has worked on several research projects, nationally and internationally. She was the Chairperson of the Centre for Political Studies, Director of the Women’s Studies Programme and the Programme for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion of JNU.

She is the author and editor of twelve books and has published over two dozen articles. Her recent books include Politics of Inclusion: Caste, Minority and Affirmative Action; Quest for Power: Oppositional Movements and Post-Congress Politics in Uttar Pradesh; Unequal Citizens: A Study of Muslim Women In India (co-authored); Democracy in Muslim Societies: The Asian Experience; Parties and Party Politics in India (edited), India’s Living Constitution: Ideas, Practices and Controversies (co-edited); Transforming India: Social Dynamics of Democracy. Professor Hasan is the Series Editor of Critical Issues in Indian Politics, Oxford University Press. She is presently working on a book tentatively titled: Congress after Indira Gandhi: Limits of Centrism in a Divided Society.


A Professor of Political Science at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.