Patrick Heller

Professor of Sociology


Patrick Heller earned his PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. He joined the Brown Sociology Department in 2002, having previously served at the University of Westville in South Africa, and Columbia University in New York. As a Faculty Associate, Heller brings projects to PSTC that focus on population and development, with his primary area of interest in the comparative study of democratic deepening. He is the author of The Labor of Development: Workers and the Transformation of Capitalism in Kerala, India (Cornell University Press, 1999) and a co-author of Social Democracy in the Periphery (Cambridge, 2007). He has written on a range of topics, including democratic consolidation, politics of decentralization, local democracy, urban transformation and social movements.


Comparative political economy, Democratization, Development, Political sociology, Social movements