Ashok Pankaj, Ph. D., LL. B., having twenty years of teaching and research experiences, is a Professor and currently Director of CSD. His area of specialisation includes law and political economy with a focus on public policies, institutions of governance and development, interface between development and democracy and society and polity. Prof. Pankaj has directed/co-directed about a dozen research and evaluation projects on socio-economic development sponsored by the agencies like UNDP, ILO, UNIFEM, UN Women, ICSSR, Planning Commission of India, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Panchayat Raj, Ministry of Minority Affairs and Food and Civil Supply Department (Government of Bihar in association with the World Bank). He has contributed numerous articles and reviews to reputed professional journals, namely South Asia Research, Contributions to Indian Sociology, Journal of Asian and African Studies, International Studies, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Contemporary South Asia, Social Scientist, Economic and Political Weekly, Poverty in Focus, Social Change. He has edited two books, viz. Right to Work and Rural India: Working of the MGNREGS, Sage Publications, 2012, and Subalternity, Exclusion and Social Change in India, Cambridge University Press, 2014.