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Role: Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics

Udit Bhatia, Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics


I am a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at Lady Margaret Hall. I am currently pursuing my DPhil in Political Theory at the Department of Politics and International Relations here at Oxford. I have previously completed an MPhil in Politics and Education (Distinction) at the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Legal and Political Theory (Distinction) at University College London. My first degree was in Philosophy (First Class Honours) from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi. My doctoral research is funded by a DPIR studentship (tuition fees and living expenses). I am currently the Junior Dean at Linacre College.

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersections of democratic theory, political representation and social epistemology. I am currently examining the exclusion of persons from democratic citizenship on the basis of epistemic inferiority. Among other things, this project engages in a comparative study of Constitutions to understand ways in which the 'incompetence' of citizens has been used to justify their exclusion from a greater share of political power. I am also interested in methodological debates on ideal theory, comparative political theory, and the relationship between normative political theory, history and the social sciences. 

Selected publications


Bhatia, U. (ed.). (2017). The Indian Constituent Assembly: Deliberations on Democracy. London and New Delhi: Routledge. Available here.

Between Regulation and Minority Educational Rights, Journal of Political Ideologies (forthcoming)

‘Precautions in a Democratic Experiment: The Nexus between Political Power and Competence’. In Constituent Assemblies eds. Jon Elster, Roberto Gargarella, Vatsal Naresh, and Bjorn Rasch. Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)


Conference Papers and Presentations

2016: Epistocracy in the Indian Constitution, 'Perspectives on Constituent Assemblies’ Conference, Columbia University
2016: The Government of India Act and Epistocracy, Yale South Asia Conference 
2015: Constitutional Compromises, Aage Sorensen Memorial Conference, Princeton University
2015: Mill's Educational (Dis)Qualification, LSE Graduate Conference in Political Theory
2014: Minority Educational Rights in the Indian Supreme Court, Princeton South Asian Studies Conference
2014: Deliberative Democracy and Illiteracy, Warwick Graduate Conference in Political Theory
2014: Minority Educational Rights in India, Comparative Political Theory Workshop, King's College London