Faculty and Staff

Abhishek Chatterjee

Abhishek Chatterjee

International & Comparative Politics, International Political Economy

Office: 355 Liberal Arts Building
Email: abhishek.chatterjee@umontana.edu
Office Hours:
On Sabbatical, 2020-2021

Current Position

Associate Professor


PSCI 220 Intorduction to Comparative Government

PSCI 482/582 Politics of the World Economy

PSCI 381 State Formation

PSCI 320 Origins of Democracy and Authoritarianism

PSCI 520 Comparative Government

Personal Summary

Abhishek Chatterjee is an associate professor of Political Science. His primary research interests are comparative and international political economy, particularly the origins of states and financial markets, and the philosophy of social sciences, especially the relationship between ontology and research methods. 

He tends to write about himself in the third person and--unrelated to this latter proclivity--teaches such courses as political economy, state formation, and comparative politics/government (both introductory and graduate).


Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2010

Field of Study

Comparative Politics, Political Economy, State and Market Formation, Philosophy of the Social Sciences and Research Methods

Selected Publications


  • Rulers and Capital in Historical Perspective: State Formation and Financial Development in India and in the United States (Temple University Press, 2017), Amazon.com; Press website ; Review 1. Review 2. Review 3 (Economic History Review, Journal of Economic History, Business History Review)


  • "Financial Property Rights Under Colonialism: Some Counterfactual Possibilities," Journal of Institutional Economics, 12:4, 797-824 (2016) (Draft version; Final version)
  • "Ontology, Epistemology, and Multi Method Research in Political Science,” Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 43:1, 73-99 (2013) (Draft version; Final version)


  • A Political Economy of the United States, China, and India: Prosperity with Inequality. By Shalendra D. Sharma. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Perspectives on Politics, 18:1 (2020)