Victoria Farmer

Dr. Farmer is a specialist in South Asia, focusing on contemporary India. She is interested in comparative democratic practice, international relations, development issues, Asian politics, and comparative media policies. She has conducted extensive research in India on media, politics, and development ideologies, and has published articles on the role of television in India in development, democratic representation, and the rise of communal politics. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and other Philadelphia-area universities, and was the Visiting Professor for South Asian Politics at Old Dominion University for the 2005-06 academic year.


 Contact Info

Office: Wadsworth 8A

Phone: (585) 245-5445



PLSC 120 Introduction to Comparative Politics (course syllabus)
PLSC 223 Politics of South Asia
PLSC 228 Developing World Politics
PLSC 321 State and Society in the Nonwestern World
(course syllabus)
PLSC 341 Democracy and International Relations
PLSC 347 Terrorism and National Security


  • “Depicting the Nation: Media Politics in Independent India.” Francine R. Frankel et al., eds, Transforming India: Social and Political Dynamics of a Democracy. New Delhi: Oxford University Press
  • Editor, The Future of Nuclear Weapons: A US-India Dialogue, proceedings of a conference held at The Wharton Sinkler Conference Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 5-8, 1997. Philadelphia: Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania.
  • “Mass Media, Images and Mobilization.” In David Ludden, Editor, Contesting the Nation: Religion, Community, and the Politics of Democracy in India, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.  Simultaneously published as Making India Hindu: Democracy, Nationalism and Majoritarian Communalism, New Delhi: Oxford University Press. Second edition 2004.

 Professional Awards and Activities

  • American Institute of Indian Studies, Dissertation Fellowship


  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Political Science, specializations in Comparative Politics, International Relations, and South Asian Studies
  • B.A. University of Chicago, South Asian Civilization Studies, Social Science Collegiate Division