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Sunil Kumar Sahu is a highly regarded comparativist and member of the Department of Political Science at DePauw University. Sahu is the department's specialist in Comparative Politics, Politics of Developing Nations (including China and India), and International Politics/International Political Economy.
A naturalized citizen of the United States, Sahu is a native of India. He received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science (honors) and History from Bihar University in India, his Master's degrees in Political Science from Bihar University and the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Before starting his Ph.D. program, Sahu received advanced graduate training in international relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. His teachers at the University of Chicago included Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph, Philip Schmitter, Leonard Binder, Adam Przeworski, Tang Tsou in comparative politics, and Charles Lipson and Morton Kaplan in international relations.
Sahu is married and has two children and lives in Avon with his family. He is a member of two Indian religious and cultural organizations in greater Indianapolis—Gita Mandal and Sikh Satsang. He is a political "news junkie" and his hobbies include photography and Bollywood oldies—films and songs.
Sahu is the author of the book Technology Transfer, Dependence and Self-Reliant Development in the Third World: The Machine-Tool and Pharmaceutical Industries in India (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1998) and book chapters "Religion and Politics in India: The Rise of Hindu Nationalism and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India," in Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective: The One, the Few, and the Many, edited by Ted Jelen and Clyde Wilcox (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and "Changing Regimes in Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property in India," in C. Steven LaRue (ed.), The India Handbook (Chicago and London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997). He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and reference books and encyclopedias. He is currently working on a book titled Democracy in the Third World: Why it has succeeded in India and failed in Nigeria and a monograph on Nuclear Security in South Asia. During a sabbatical leave in 2003, Sahu conducted field research in India where he interviewed India's top nuclear and missile scientists, including President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.