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Deepak Nayyar Joins Kluge Center as Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South

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The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the appointment of Deepak Nayyar as Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South. Nayyar began his time at the Kluge Center this September.

Deepak Nayyar is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College Oxford. He was Distinguished University Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, New York, from 2008 to 2012, and was Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, from 1986 to 2011. Earlier, he taught economics at the University of Oxford, the University of Sussex, and the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi.

He is, at present, Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. Previously, he was Chairman of the Board of the World Institute for Development Economics Research, WIDER, Helsinki (2001-2008), and on the Board of Directors of the Social Science Research Council, New York (2001-2007).

His professional life in academia has been interspersed with short periods in government, as Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Commerce from 1983 to 1985, and as Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India and Secretary in the Ministry of Finance from 1989 to 1991.

His research interests are primarily in the areas of international economics, macroeconomics, development economics, and economic history. His books include the bestselling “Catch Up: Developing Countries in the World Economy” (Oxford University Press, 2013) and “The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Liberalization” (Penguin Books, 1996), both of which have been translated into many languages. His latest books, “Resurgent Asia” and “Asian Transformations” (Oxford University Press, 2019), analyze the remarkable economic transformation and rise of Asia during the past half-century.

Nayyar, who was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, holds a B. Phil and a D. Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford.


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