Adam Michael Auerbach

Cities | Governance | Political Economy | India


I am an associate professor in the School of International Service at American University and a non-resident visiting scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania (2020-2022). My research and teaching focus on local governance, urban politics, ethnic politics, and the political economy of development, with a regional focus on South Asia and India in particular. My first book, Demanding Development: The Politics of Public Goods Provision in India's Urban Slums (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, 2020), accounts for the uneven success of India's slum residents in demanding and securing essential public services from the state. The project draws on more than two years of fieldwork in the north Indian cities of Jaipur, Rajasthan and Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Demanding Development won the 2021 Dennis Judd Best Book Award from the Urban and Local Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The doctoral dissertation on which Demanding Development is based also won three awards, including APSA's Gabriel A. Almond Award for best dissertation in comparative politics. My research has been supported by the American Institute of Indian Studies, Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, and National Science Foundation.

My research on urban politics and development in India appears in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Contemporary South Asia, Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, and World Politics.