Jai Shankar Prasad completed his MA (Sociology) and MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India. His MPhil research was about the changing role of Indian state in higher education policy with special reference to economic liberalization. As part of the Global India programme at South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg, he is working towards his PhD dissertation currently titled ‘Revisiting the State: Politics, Development, and Tribal Welfare in Jharkhand, India’. Under the supervision of Professor Rahul Mukherji, he is interrogating ideas of development and tribal welfare embedded in the bureaucracy in India’s tribal state(s), and exploring how these ideas have impacted state capacity towards development and redistribution using a socio-historical framework. Jai Shankar Prasad brings with him over a decade of experience as a publishing editor of higher academic social sciences in South Asia — his last stint was with Oxford University Press, India, where he commissioned for their politics and sociology programmes. His broader research interests include governance and public policy, state and society connections, and the role of state in development of indigenous peoples.