J. Mohan Rao

Portrait of J. Mohan Rao
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Ph.D. (Harvard)
M.B.A (IIM, Ahmedabad)
B.Com. (Bombay)

Professional Experience: 

University of Massachusetts, 1989-present
Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, 2006-07
Food and Agriculture Organization, 1983-84
Boston University, 1981-1989
Kennedy School, Harvard University, 1979-1981

Research Interests: 

Development Theory
Theory of the State
Developing Agriculture

Honors and Awards: 

Schumpeter Prize, Harvard University

Professional Activities: 

  • Editorial Board of Journal of Agrarian Change, Journal of Human Development,
  • QA-Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, World Development
  • Advisor to FAO, Consultant to UNDP

Selected Publications: 

An Assessment of Research Needs for Food Security in Bangladesh, National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme, FAO, April 2007, 196 pages.

"A Decade of Reforms: The Indian Economy in the 1990s," (with A. K. Dutt) in Lance Taylor (Ed.) External Liberalization in Asia, Post-Socialist Europe, and Brazil, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, 139-179.

"The Forms of Monopoly Land Rent and Agrarian Organization," Journal of Agrarian Change, Volume 5, Number 2, April 2005, pp. 161-190.

"Market-Led Globalization and World Democracy: Can the Twain Ever Meet?" (with S. Storm), Development and Change, June 2004, Vol. 35, No. 3: 567-581.

"Agricultural Globalization in Developing Countries: Rules, Rationales, and Results" (with S. Storm), in C. P. Chandrasekhar, J. Ghosh (Eds.), Work and Well-Being in the Age of Finance, New Delhi: Tulika Publishers, 2003.

"Group Behaviour and Development," (with J. Heyer, F. Stewart and R. Thorp) in J. Heyer, F. Stewart, R. Thorp (Eds.), Group Behaviour and Development: Is the Market Destroying Cooperation? Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 1-23.

"Globalization and Development - Impact on the Poor," Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, Vol. 40, No. 3, 2001, pp. 227-238.

"Levelling or Differentiation? Production and Appropriation Relations in Mughal India," in K. N. Panikkar, Terence J. Byres and Utsa Patnaik (Eds.), The Making of History: Essays Presented to Irfan Habib, Delhi: Tulika, 2000, pp. 141-178.