Irfan Nooruddin

Irfan Nooruddin


SFS Faculty Chair

Irfan Nooruddin is Hamad bin Khalifa Professor of Indian Politics in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, and is a member of the School’s Asian Studies Program. He directs the Georgetown India Initiative and advises the student-run Georgetown-India Dialogue. He is the author of Coalition Politics and Economic Development: Credibility and the Strength of Weak Governments (Cambridge, 2011). Professor Nooruddin’s specializes in the study of comparative economic development and policymaking, democratization and democratic institutions, and international institutions. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and is a Team Member with Lokniti: Programme on Comparative Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi. More information is available at

Areas of Expertise: India, economy, development, conflict, sanctions, globalization, IMF, World Bank, elections, South Asia; education policy; social spending; immigration

  • Ph.D. (2003) University of Michigan
  • M.A. (2001) University of Michigan
  • B.A. (1996) Ohio Wesleyan University



Nooruddin, Irfan. 2011. Coalition Politics and Economic Development. Cambridge University Press.

Journal Articles

Nooruddin, Irfan, and Byungwon Woo. 2014. “Heeding the Sirens: The Politics of IMF Program Participation.” Political Science Research and Methods TBD.

Nooruddin, Irfan, and Nita Rudra. 2014. “Are Developing Countries Really Defying the Embedded Liberalism Compact?” World Politics 66 (4): TBD.

Nooruddin, Irfan. 2014. “Making Surveys Work Better: Experiments in Public Opinion Research.” Studies in Indian Politics 2 (1): 105-108.

Flores, Thomas Edward, and Irfan Nooruddin. 2012. ““The Effect of Elections on Post-Conflict Peace and Reconstruction.”” Journal of Politics 73: 558-570. [Online appendix]

McDaniel, Eric L., Irfan Nooruddin, and Allyson F. Shortle. 2011. ““Divine Boundaries: How Religion Shapes Citizens’ Attitudes Towards Immigrants.”” American Politics Research 39 (1): 205-233.

Nooruddin, Irfan, and Autumn Lockwood Payton. 2010. “”Dynamics of Influence in International Politics: The ICC, BIAs, and Economic Sanctions.”” Journal of Peace Research 47 (6): 711-721.

Jamal, Amaney, and Irfan Nooruddin. 2010. “The Democratic Utility of Trust: A Cross-National Analysis.” Journal of Politics 72 (1): 45-59.

Nooruddin, Irfan, and Joel W. Simmons. 2009. “Openness, Uncertainty, and Social Spending: Implications for the Globalization-Welfare State Debate.” International Studies Quarterly 53: 841-866.

Flores, Thomas Edward, and Irfan Nooruddin. 2009. “Democracy Under the Gun: Understanding Post-Conflict Economic Recovery.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 53 (1): 3-29.

Flores, Thomas Edward, and Irfan Nooruddin. 2009. “Financing the Peace: Evaluating World Bank Post-Conflict Assistance Programs.” Review of International Organizations 4 (1): 1-27.

Nooruddin, Irfan. 2008. “The Political Economy of National Debt Burdens, 1970-2000,” International Interactions, 156-185.

Nooruddin, Irfan, and Pradeep Chhibber. 2008. “Unstable Politics: Fiscal Space and Electoral Volatility in the Indian States,” Comparative Political Studies, 41 (8, August): 1069-1081.

Nooruddin, Irfan. 2007. “Blind Justice: ‘Seeing’ Race and Gender in Cases of Violent Crime,” Politics and Gender, 3 (3): 321-348.

Nooruddin, Irfan, and Joel W. Simmons. 2006. “The Politics of Hard Choices: IMF Programs and Government Spending,” International Organization, 60 (4, Fall): 1001-1033.

Chhibber, Pradeep, and Irfan Nooruddin. 2004. “Do Party Systems Matter? The Number of Parties and Government Performance in the Indian States,” Comparative Political Studies, 37 (2, March): 152-187.

Nooruddin, Irfan. 2002. “Modeling Selection Bias in Studies of Sanctions Efficacy.” International Interactions, 28 (1): 57-74. (Part of a special issue on “Selection Effects and World Politics Research” with other articles by (i) James Fearon, (ii) Paul Huth and Todd Allee, (iii) Bill Reed and Dave Clark, and (iv) Curt Signorino.)

Chapters in edited volumes (all peer-reviewed)

Nooruddin, Irfan, and Sarah Wilson Sokhey. 2012. “Credible Certification of Child Labor Free Production.” In The Credibility of Transnational NGOs: When Virtue is Not Enough, edited by Peter Gourevitch, David A. Lake, and Janice Gross Stein. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 62-85 (Chapter 3).

Flores, Thomas Edward, and Irfan Nooruddin. 2011. “Credible Commitment in Post-Conflict Recovery.” In Handbook on the Political Economy of War, edited by Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel Mathers. London: Edward Elgar, pp. 474-497 (Chapter 23).

Nooruddin, Irfan, and James Raymond Vreeland. 2010. “The Effect of IMF Programs on Public Wages and Salaries.” In Global Governance, Poverty, and Inequality, edited by Rorden Wilkinsonand Jennifer Clapp. London: Routledge, pp. 90-111 (Chapter 4).

Chhibber, Pradeep, and Irfan Nooruddin. 2000. “Party Competition and Fragmentation in Indian National Elections: 1957-1998.” In Indian Politics and the 1998 Elections: Regionalism, Hindutva, and State Politics, edited by Paul Wallace and Ramashray Roy. New Delhi, London: Sage Publications, pp. 36-54 (Chapter 2).