Vamsi Vakulabharanam

Portrait of Vamsi Vakulabharanam
Associate Professor
203 Gordon Hall



Ph.D., (2004) in Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Bachelor of Technology, (1992) in Computer Science, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India

Professional Experience: 

Associate Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2014-present
Associate Professor of Economics, University of Hyderabad, India, 2011-2014
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Hyderabad, India, 2008-2011
Assistant Professor of Economics, Queens College, City University of New York, 2004-2007

Research Interests: 

Political Economy
Economic Development
Economics of Inequality
Economics of Asia

Honors and Awards: 

Received the first Amartya Sen Award (Economics) given to Distinguished Social Scientists by the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), 2013


  • From the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET, NY) between 2011 and 2014 for a project on "Development and Inequality: What can the Asian Experience Teach Us?"
  • From the India China Institute (ICI) at the New School of Social Research, New York, 2007-2009 on "Inequality in China and India".


Presented a paper "Global Crises, Equalizing and Dis-equalizing Regimes: The Case of the 20th Century Asian Political Economy," on the Panel - "Economic Growth and Inequality Across Time and Space: Where Has Growth Led to Equality and Why?" INET Annual Conference, OECD, Paris, April 9, 2015.

Presented a paper - "Economic Turbulence in Capitalism: Twentieth Century and Beyond," Beijing University, World Congress on Marxism, Oct 11, 2015.

Presented a paper - "Class and Inequality in China and India," Azim Premji University, Conference on Regional Political Economy, January 10, 2016.

Presented a paper - "A Spatial Fix? New Urbanization Initiatives in China and India", American Association of Geography 2016 meetings, San Francisco March 30, 2016.

Presented a paper - "Urban Transformations in China and India", Conference on Intra-Asian Connections at NYU Shanghai, Shanghai, August 22-24, 2016.

Presented a paper "Babu's Camelot: Amaravati City and the Emerging Capitalist Dynamics in New Andhra Pradesh" in a session - "Urbanization of Inequity: Urban Processes in South Asia" American Association of Geography 2017 meetings, Boston, April 5, 2017.

Selected Publications: 

Michael, Kavya and Vakulabharanam V. (2015). Class and Climate Change in Post-Reform India, Climate and Development, Published online, April 23, 2015.

Vakulabharanam V. (2015). Merchant Capital in Neoliberal times: A mere appendage or a determining force? Studies in People’s History, Vol. 2(1).

Vakulabharanam V. & Sreeraj A.P., 2015. Whither Kerala Model: High Growth and Rising Inequality in Kerala after 1980s, Oxford Development Studies, Published Online, November 2015, pp. 1-17.

Vakulabharanam V. and Motiram S. 2016. Economic Mobility in Neoliberal India: An analysis of Class, Migration and Occupational Mobility. Contemporary South Asia (Special Issue on Mobility in India, edited by Nandini Sundar and Ravinder Kaur), Published Online August 2016.

Vakulabharanam, V. and De, R. 2016. "Growth and Distribution Regimes in India since Independence." The Commonwealth Journal of International Issues for a special issue on China, India and Southeast Asia: Paths to Development and State-Society Relations Volume 105 (6).