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Ivy Dhar

Assistant Professor

PhD in Political Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University

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School of Development Studies

Education & Research

Dr Ivy Dhar has Masters Degree and M.Phil in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She obtained her PhD in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2007. Her doctoral thesis examined historical development and contemporary issues of identity-cultural politics, class politics and state-civil society relations taking case studies of cultural organisations of Assam. Her research interests centers on Tribal Development and Politics, Political Process and Policy, Identity and Inclusion, Governance and Citizenship and Environmental Politics. She also focuses on the developmental and political issues of North-east India


Past Employment

Dr Dhar was a Fellow (Junior) at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) in New Delhi (2009-10) and a Project Associate Fellow with the National University of Educational Planning and Administration(NUEPA) in New Delhi(2008-09). She has been a Guest Faculty at the GRS, University of Delhi (2009-10). She has also worked as a consultant with the UKIERI- British Council and with various NGOs.




  • ‘Assam Through the Prism of Reorganisation Experience: Fragmentation of Identities and Political Disintegration’ in Sudha Pai and Asha Sarangi ed. Interrogating States Reorganization: Culture, Identity and Politics in Contemporary India, Routledge, New Delhi (in print)
  • Book review of Michaela Martin, ‘The management of university-industry partnerships in Eastern Asia: Report of an IIEP/ESMU Distance Education Course 2nd-5July 2002’ in Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, Vol 21, No3, July 2007
  • ‘Assam Ethnic Diversity and Need for Institutional Reform’, published in Journal of Peace Studies, Vol.12, Issue 1, Jan-Mar 2005: 62-72




  • Indian and Foreign Educational collaboration in a project supported by UK-Indian Education Research Initiative-British Council. (Report: ‘Foreign Education Providers in India: Report on Collaborative Arrangements’, 2008,
  • Environmental , Health and Hygiene Awareness through school children in YAP II (Report: Survey Report- School Health and Hygiene Programme under PPA and Components, 2007, 2008 & 2009)
  • Gender and Migration Issues in a project supported by UNDP-TAHA in association with Damini: Centre for Social Action and Research (Report: Impact of Migration on Women, 2007)




  • “Assam through the Prism of Re-organisation Experience: Fragmentation of Identities and Political Disintegration” presented in International Seminar on Interrogating States Reorganisation: Culture, Identity and Political Economy in Independent India’ held jointly on Sept-25-26, 2008 at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and Jawaharlal Nehru university, New Delhi
  • ‘The Voice For and Against a Composite Assamese Society: Assertions by Asom Sahitya Sabha and Ethnic Polarisation’ presented in a Symposium on Ethnic Assertion in Multicultural Society: Challenges towards a Composite Assamese Identity held in Cotton College, Guwahati in February, 2008
  • Delivered talk on ‘Ethnic Existence in a Multi-Ethnic State: The Politics of Representation’ held on 10th March, 2005 in Media and Communication Study Centre,EDC, Cotton College, Guwahati
  • Presented Paper in International Conference on Citizenship and Governance on Citizens Actions in Governance held in New Delhi, 12th -14th February, 2003 organised by PRIA


Professionl Activities/Awards

Dr. Dhar’s is working on Development Politics and Policies of Linguistic-Tribal Minorities of Assam and Culture and Politics in the Margins of Indian State. 


Dr. Dhar held Graduate Scholarship from Assam Government in 1993-96 and ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship 2003-05.


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