Bumba Mukherjee earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 2004, and is currently a Professor at Penn State University. He was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Assistant Professor at Florida State University, and was a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University, 2006-2007. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame (Spring 2015). His research interests include studying how political institutions affect monetary policy and financial markets, the political economy of financial crises, the impact of democratic politics on trade protection, and the political economy of civil conflict. He also conducts research in formal theory and statistical methodology, especially time series analysis, Quantal Response Equilibrium estimation, Item Response Theory and finite mixture models.
His work has been published in journals in Political Science and Economics including the American Journal of Political Science, Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Politics, Journal of Development Economics, Political Analysis, International Studies Quarterly, International Interactions, European Union Politics, Review of Finance and Review of International Political Economy. His most recent book manuscript, Globalization, Democracy and Trade Policy in the Developing World was published in 2016 by the University of Chicago Press. His second book, The Politics of Corruption in Dictatorships (written with Vineeta Yadav) was also published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press. His third book, Democracy, Electoral Institutions and Judicial Empowerment in Developing Countries (written with Vineeta Yadav) was published in 2014 by the University of Michigan Press. He recently completed his fourth book project Shadow Banks, the IMF and the Politics of Financial Crisis (with Alexandra Guisinger and Vineeta Yadav) and is working on his fifth book Climate Change, Food Insecurity and the Political Economy of Violence (with Ore Koren) as well as papers on financial crisis, the political economy of civil conflict, and item response theory.