Susanne Hoeber Rudolph
Susanne Hoeber

(1930-04-03)April 3, 1930
Mannheim, Germany
DiedDecember 23, 2015(2015-12-23) (aged 85)
Occupation(s)Author, Educationist, Political thinker
SpouseLloyd Rudolph
  • Padma Bhushan
  • William Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph (April 3, 1930 – December 23, 2015) was an American author, political thinker and educationist. She was a William Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago and was actively interested in Politics, Political Economy and Political Sociology of South Asia, State Formation, Max Weber and the Politics of Category and Culture.[1] The Government of India, in 2014, honored her, along with her husband, Lloyd I. Rudolph, for their services to literature and education, by bestowing on them the third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan.[2]


We write as insiders and outsiders, insiders because for over five decades, from locations in Chicago and Jaipur, we have studied Indian politics, and outsiders because..., says Susanne Rudolph, we seek to be reflexive political scientists of India[3]

Susanne Höber was the granddaughter of physiologist Rudolf Höber and daughter of Johannes Höber and Elfriede Fischer Höber, both of whom held doctoral degrees in political science from Heidelberg University. As an activist in Germany's Social Democratic Party, Johannes was imprisoned by the Nazis in 1934 and forced to move from Mannheim, where Susanne was born in 1930,[4] to Düsseldorf. In 1939, when Susanne was nine, the family fled the Nazis and moved to Philadelphia, where Rudolf Höber was a professor[5] at the University of Pennsylvania.[6]

Susanne Rudolph had her early college education at Sarah Lawrence College from where she obtained her BA in 1951 which she followed with an MA from Harvard University in 1953. Continuing her education, she secured her PhD from Radcliffe College in 1955. She taught political science at Harvard University until 1963, when the University of Chicago simultaneously offered her and her husband, Lloyd Rudolph, professorial positions. She joined University of Chicago in 1964 where she worked as the William Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Political Science.[1][7]

Susanne was married to Lloyd I. Rudolph, himself a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Chicago and the co-author of her books. The couple has three children, Jenny, Amelia and Matthew.[8] Susanne, along with her husband, divided their time between the USA and India, where they found a home in Jaipur.[3][7][8]

Susanne Rudolph died on December 24, 2015.[9]


Susanne Hoeber Rudolph has served in many capacities of importance during her career.


Susanne and Lloyd Rudolph's associations with the University of Chicago and India have assisted in the University's decision to open a major academic centre in New Delhi. The centre is envisaged to act as a platform for mutual support and collaboration between students and scholars from India and Chicago in the areas of academics and research.[1]

Awards and recognitions


Susanne Rudolph has authored eight books, together with her husband, Lloyd Rudolph. The writings of Susanne were compiled by Oxford University Press, in 2008, into a three volume publication under the name, Explaining Indian Democracy: A Fifty-Year Perspective.[11][12]

The other major works by Susanne Rudolph are:

She has also edited the book, Agrarian Power and Agricultural Productivity in South Asia[13] besides writing many articles, some of which are:[1]

See also

Further reading


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "University of Chicago". Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Govt announcement". Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Varshney, Ashutosh (February 5, 2014). "An insider's view, an outsider's eye". Indian Express. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial (1969). "Reports of the President and the Treasurer - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation".
  5. ^ Frank Hoeber (2013-07-08). "1933: The Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars". WordPress. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  6. ^ Frank Hoeber (2014-11-05). "75th Anniversary of a Memorable Day". WordPress. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Five eminent personalities from the US get Padma awards, 3 of them Indian Americans". American Bazaar. 2014-01-27. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Amazon Bio". Amazon. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Susanne Hoeber Rudolph (1930–2015)".
  10. ^ a b "India Abroad". YouTube. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Rediff 1". Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  12. ^ "Rediff 2". Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  13. ^ Susanne Rudolph; Meghnath Desai; Ashok Rudra (1984-01-01). Agrarian Power and Agricultural Productivity in South Asia. California: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-05369-4.
  14. ^ Rudolph, Susanne Hoeber; Rudolph, Lloyd I. (12 February 2014). "Status Conscious". Retrieved July 29, 2014. ((cite magazine)): Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  15. ^ "Making". Foreign Affairs. 2009-08-20. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  16. ^ Rudolph, Lloyd I.; Rudolph, Susanne Hoeber (2009-01-28). "India's election". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  17. ^ "CSDS Lecture". YouTube. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  18. ^ "CSDS Intro". YouTube. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  19. ^ "Friends of India". YouTube. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  20. ^ "Barnes & Noble". Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  21. ^ "Book Manager". Retrieved July 29, 2014.