Skip to page Content.

Vivek Chibber

Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. 1999 (Sociology), University of Wisconsin; B.A. 1987 (Political Science), Northwestern University

Office Address: 

Puck Building, Room 4120, 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012

Office Hours: 

Thursdays 2:00 - 3:00 PM.


(212) 998-3541

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Economic sociology; sociology of development; Marxian theory; political sociology; comparative-historical sociology; social theory.

Curriculum Vitae



Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital

Verso, 2013.


Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India

Princeton University Press, 2003.

link to Princeton University Press webpage for Locked in Place


  • Distinguished Publication Award, American Sociological Association 2006, honorable mention.
  • Barrington Moore Jr. Prize, American Sociological Association 2005.
  • Selected as Outstanding Academic Title in 2004, Choice Magazine
  • Mirra Komarovsky Award, Eastern Sociological Association 2005, honorable mention
  • Distinguished publication award, Political Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association 2004, for best book in Political Sociology, honorable mention.

ASA Symposium (JEFFERY PAIGE, ELISABETH S. CLEMENS, LEO PANITCH, with response by VIVEK CHIBBER) Comparative and Historical Sociology
[Downlaod/read: ASA Symposium.pdf, 1.7mb]



"Making Sense of Postcolonial theory: a response to Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak", Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 27:3, 617-624, DOI:10.1080/09557571.2014.943593 [Download/read: ResponsetoSpivak.pdf, 79.76 kB]

"Subaltern Studies Revisited - a Response to Partha Chatterjee [Longer version]," Economic and Political Weekly, March 1, 2014. [Download/read: SubalternStudiedRevisited.pdf, 224.12 kB]

"Capitalism, Class, and Universalism: Escaping the Cul-de-sac of Postcolonial Theory," The Socialist Register, 2014. [Download/read: Capitalism, Class.pdf, 76.88kB]

"Organized Interests, Development Strategies, and Social Policies", R. Nagaraj ed., Growth, Inequality, and Social Policy in India, London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012. [Download/read: Organized_interests.pdf, 1,802kb]

"Beyond Monism: What is Living and what is Dead in the Marxist Theory of History", Historical Materialism: A Journal of Critical Theory, Vol. 19(2), 2011, 60-91. [Download/read: What_is.pdf, 400 kb]

"American Militarism and the US Political Establishment," Socialist Register, 2009, pp. 23-53. [Download/read:AmericanMilitarism.pdf, 124kb]

"Developments in Class Analysis", Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism, edited by Jacques Bidet and Stathis Kouvelakis, Leiden: Brill, 2008. [Download/read: Development_in.pdf, 823.25]

"On the Decline of Class Analysis in South Asian Studies," Critical Asian Studies, 2006, 38:4. [Download/read: decline.class.analysis.pdf, 194kb]

"The Good Empire," The Boston Review, February/March 2005. [Download/read: goodempire.pdf, 396kb]

"From Class Compromise to Class Accommodation: Labor’s Incorporation into the Indian Political Economy", in Mary Katzenstein and Raka Ray, Social Movements and Poverty in India, (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). [Download/read: compromise.pdf, 587kb]

"The Return of Imperialism to Social Science", Archives de Europeenes de Sociologie-The European Journal of Sociology, December, 2004. [Download/read: imperial.pdf, 194kb]

"Reviving the Developmental State? The Myth of the 'National Bourgeoisie'," Socialist Register 2005. [Download/read: reviving.pdf, 74kb]

"Bureaucratic Rationality and the Developmental State," American Journal of Sociology, January 2002, (Volume 107:4). [Download/read: ajs.jan.2002.pdf, 171kb]

"Building a Developmental State:  The Korean Case Reconsidered," Politics & Society, September 1999, Vol 27 No. 3, (Sage Publications, Inc.). [Download/read: building.developmental.pdf, 130kb]

"Breaching the Nadu: Lordship and Economic Development in Medieval South India", The Journal of Peasant Studies, 26(3), October 1998. [Download/read: breaching.pdf, 592kb]

Updated on 09/30/2016