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Aviral Pathak

Graduate Student

Political Science


Areas of Study: history of political thought, comparative political thought, Indian political thought and practice, economic theory and practice, biopolitics, modern South Asian politics, comparative politics

Selected Fellowships and Awards: Resident Graduate Student Fellow at the UIC Institute for the Humanities (2017-18), the Chancellor’s Graduate Research Award from the UIC Graduate College (2016-17), the Milton Rakove Memorial Award from the UIC Department of Political Science (2016)


• Purdue University, West Lafayette - Bachelor of Science in Economics, Honors
• University of Illinois at Chicago - Master of Arts in Political Science
• University of Illinois at Chicago - Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (ABD)

Research Currently in Progress

Aviral is a doctoral candidate studying political theory and comparative politics. His dissertation examines the relationship between theories of freedom and the practice of government in modern India. This is an analytically and historically informed comparative study that relies on extensive ethnographic and archival research.