GRADUATION: May 2017
Mircea Raianu focused on Modern South Asia, Modern Britain, and the British imperial world. His research charted the historical trajectory of the Tata group, India's largest business since the early twentieth century, in a global and comparative context. In his dissertation, Raianu explores the ethical claims and modes of corporate governance made possible by the Tatas' philanthropic bequests, educational initiatives, welfare programs, and deployment of expertise in urban planning and scientific research. More broadly, he is interested in the role of private capital in the development of ‘essential’ infrastructure and the making of state space, and how it connects with institution building, patronage networks, and the uses and abuses of the law. Raianu was the recipient of a Fulbright-Nehru Student Fellowship in 2013-14, and he had also been a Graduate Student Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs since 2014.