Aditya Balasubramanian is a Senior Lecturer in History. His research focuses on various aspects of the history of modern South Asia. His first book, Toward a Free Economy: Swatantra and Opposition Politics in Democratic India (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2023), is a history of economic ideas and politics (UK/US link; South Asia link). It was shortlisted for the 2023 Elder Prize in the Social Sciences of the American Institute of Indian Studies.
Aditya completed his PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge as a British Marshall Scholar and a Cambridge Trust Scholar. His dissertation won the Ellen McArthur Prize in Economic History and was shortlisted for the Prince Consort and Thirlwall Prize for best dissertation in the Faculty of History.
At ANU, Aditya teaches "From Moral Philosophy to (Political Economy) to Economics: A History," and "Approaches to History." He has been a Board Member of the South Asia Research Institute, an affiliate of the Center for Economic History, and a member of the Geoeconomics Working Group. Aditya also coordinates the Harvard-Cambridge Joint Center for History and Economics' "Archives of Economic Life in South and Southeast Asia" website.
He has received grants and fellowships from the Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard and Paris (2022), the Australian Studies Institute at ANU (2023), and the College of Arts and Social Sciences at ANU (2023).
"Anticorruption, Development, and the Indian State: A History of Decolonization," Journal of Asian Studies (February 2024).
- Balasubramanian, A. (2023). Toward a Free Economy: Swatantra and Opposition Politics in Democratic India, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
- Balasubramanian, A. (2021). "Contesting 'Permit-and-Licence Raj': Economic Conservatism and the Idea of Democracy in 1950s India", Past and Present 251:189-227.
- Balasubramanian, A. (2022). "A More Indian Path to Prosperity? Hindu Nationalism and Development in the mid-20th Century and Beyond", Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics, 3(2): 333-378.
- Balasubramanian, A. (2023). "A Forgotten Famine of '43? Travancore's 'Muffled' Cry of Distress", Modern Asian Studies 57(5): 1495-1529.
- Balasubramanian, A. and S. Raghavan. (2018). "Present at the Creation: India, the Global Economy, and the Bretton Woods Conference," Journal of World History, 29(1): 65-94.
- Balasubramanian, A. (2022). "(Is) India in the History of Neoliberalism?", in Quinn Slobodian and Dieter Plehwe (eds.), Market Civilizations - Neoliberals East and South, Zone Books, New York, 53-78.
- Balasubramanian, A. (2021). "Alone At Home, Among Friends Abroad? B.R. Shenoy from Austrian School Monetary Economist to Cold War Public Intellectual", in Raghavan, S. and N. Sundar (eds.), A Functioning Anarchy? Essays for Ramachandra Guha, Penguin, India, 165-79.