Arpit Chaturvedi

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Arpit Chaturvedi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Global Policy Insights – a startup thinktank working on International Political Economy, Sustainable Development, and Governance & Policy Making. A graduate of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Arpit holds an MPA degree with a focus on Governance, Politics, and Policy Studies. He was also the first non-US citizen to hold the position of the Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Policy Review. He is the author of the book “Our Egalitarian Universe?” and has been the editor of “Not Without her: Communal Harmony” – a monograph printed by the National Foundation for Communal Harmony, Government of India, with essays from the top civil servants of the country. He has published articles in various prestigious journals on the themes of democracy, governance, systems thinking, game theory, history and politics. Arpit has worked as the Chief-of-Staff and Legislative Assistant to Kalvakuntla Kavitha, Member of the Indian Parliament. He has also worked as an associate at the National Commission for Scheduled Castes - an Indian constitutional body appointed by the President of India to safeguard the rights of the Scheduled Caste Population of the country. Arpit also holds an MBA in Human Resource Management and has worked as a talent management consultant at Right Management (India).

Teaching Statement

I am a comparativist in the approach that I take to dealing with the subject matter that I teach. I incorporate an interdisciplinary approach borrowing elements from systems thinking, game theory, history, international relations, sociology and behavioral economics to understand and explain various phenomena. My teaching interests include governance, politics, strategy, organizational design, organizational behavior, and international development. I believe in an open door policy while engaging with students and have always maintained that learning about the discipline goes beyond the classroom. I believe in students having the freedom to navigate through their course with a greater focus on quality of learning and critical though rather than on rules and procedures.

Research Statement

My research interests range from studying macro level historical trends that shape political and economic outcomes, to innovations in governance and politics. I take a systems thinking approach to understand organizations, institutions and socio-political entities. In the past, I have conducted research on civil service reforms, performance management in government, and public participation in local governments. I have also studied intergroup conflict and dynamics in the context of caste and religious conflicts in India. Currently I am working on researching long term sustainable development policies in the developing world from the lens of international political economy.


Lessons from the Great War: Inevitability versus Institutions. Global Policy Insights.

A Case For Fighting Against Oppression, Not Oppressors. Huffington Post.

Cultural and economic determinism of affirmative action in India .South Asia Journal.