Rahul De

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Political Economy of India
  • Informal Labor
  • Marxian Political Economy
  • Capitalism and Crisis
  • Political Economy of Mass Media
  • Economics of Sports
  • Economics of Digital Media


Rahul received his PhD in Economics from the University of Hyderabad. His PhD thesis studies the history of capitalist development in India since independence. 

Having grown up in the nineties, Rahul experienced some of the drastic transformations that the Indian economy went through post liberalisation in 1991, which include the introduction of private television channels, internet, cell phones and malls. Life in the 1990s was vastly different from everyday life for his parents’ generation in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Rahul’s research is oriented towards understanding how these changes came about and what are its socio-political-economic consequences. 

He has recently published a paper in Economic and Political Weekly tracing the role of private media in shaping economic policies in India. 

He is also interested in applying economic theory to areas not traditionally considered as part of the discipline. He is currently working on understanding the economics of the Indian Premier League. 

Having done his education in Economics from Delhi (BA) and University of Hyderabad (MA), he found his classroom education insufficient to understand contemporary India. This motivated him to become a teacher to ensure that students gain a more wholesome understanding of economic theory and how it can be used to understand the world around them.

Rahul has played basketball and cricket at the university level and is actively involved in coordinating the sports programme at the school of liberal studies.




Chapters in Edited Books

Journal Articles


Book Review

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

Online Articles

Working Paper

Other Writing

  • De, R. Modules for UGC E‑pathshala (online learning) cultural studies course on understanding the packaging’ of sporting cultures in age of television and development of concepts of ideology/​hegemony in 20th century western cultural theories.