Saumitra Jha

Saumitra Jha

Senior Fellow, FSI
Associate Professor of Political Economy, GSB
Graduate School of Business
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 721 1298 (voice)

Research Interests

political risk management, solutions to violent conflict, non-violent methods for political change, historical political economy, South Asia in comparative perspective.


Along with being a Senior Fellow at FSI, Saumitra Jha is an Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and, by courtesy, of Economics and of Political Science.

Saum holds a BA from Williams College, master’s degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in economics from Stanford University. Prior to returning to Stanford, he was an Academy Scholar at Harvard University. Saum has been a Fellow of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University and received the Michael Wallerstein Award for best published article in Political Economy from the American Political Science Association in 2014 for his research on ethnic tolerance. Saumitra has consulted on economic and political risk issues for the United Nations/ WTO, the World Bank and other organizations. Having grown up in England, Scotland and the Indian Himalaya, Saum's research interests now take him to  Israel, Japan, Mexico and elsewhere.

Stanford Affiliations

Graduate School of Business
Political Science