Lloyd I. Rudolph

Susanne H. Rudolph

Memorial Service

Saturday, November 12, 2016
1:30 PM
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
University of Chicago

Reception to follow: Saieh Hall, 5757 South University Avenue

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The Department of Political Science will honor Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph at a memorial service on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the University of Chicago campus.

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, the William Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of Chicago, died Dec. 23, 2015 in Oakland, CA, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Rudolph, 85, was a past president of the American Political Science Association and the Association for Asian Studies, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Lloyd I. Rudolph, professor emeritus of political science, died Jan. 16, 2016 in Oakland, CA of prostate cancer. He was 88.

The Rudolphs had a long and distinguished career at the University of Chicago, almost entirely in collaboration. In 2014, the Rudolphs jointly received the Padma Bhushan Award, one of India’s highest civilian honors. The award recognizes distinguished service of a high order to the nation of India in any field.

The Rudolphs were active in the “Perestroika” movement, a loose-knit grassroots effort in the early 2000s that sought to open political science to greater methodological pluralism. The Rudolphs received the 2009 Blade of Grass Award, given by the Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Conference Group of the American Political Science Association, in honor of their contributions to interpretive studies of the political world.

In 2003, the Rudolphs’ colleagues convened a three-day conference in their honor, titled “Area Studies Redux: Situating Knowledge in a Globalizing World.” The conference, coming less than two years after the 9/11 tragedy, focused on the need to better understand other cultures, the role regions play in world politics, and the significance of “local knowledge” and area studies.

In 2002, the Rudolphs co-delivered the Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture at the University of Chicago during which they reflected on their intellectual lives and work together.

The Rudolphs co-authored or co-edited eight books together, starting with The Modernity of Tradition (1967), a seminal formulation of the problem of tradition and modernity that has shaped the study of India past and present over the last 50 years.

Their other books include Education and Politics in India (co-editors, 1972), The Regional Imperative: The Administration of U.S. Foreign Policy Towards South Asian States (co-editors and contributing authors, 1980, reissued in 2007); Gandhi: The Traditional Roots of Charisma (1983); Essays on Rajputana (1984); and In Pursuit of Lakshmi: The Political Economy of the Indian State (1987).

More recently they published Reversing the Gaze: The Amar Singh Diary, a Colonial Subject’s Narrative of Imperial India (2000, 2005); and Postmodern Gandhi and Other Essays (2006).

In 2008, the Oxford University Press published a three-volume, career-spanning collection of the Rudolphs’ writings entitled Explaining Indian Democracy: A Fifty-Year Perspective.

In 1956, the Rudolphs drove a Land Rover from London to New Delhi, their first trip to India, launching an almost 60-year partnership studying the country. In 2014, they published an account of that journey, Destination India.

Both were dedicated and award winning teachers at the University of Chicago. Susanne received the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Lloyd received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. They retired as professor emeriti in 2002.

The Rudolphs are survived by their three children: Jenny, who serves on the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Amelia, artistic director of Bandaloop, an Oakland, CA -based aerial dance company; and Matthew, a political scientist teaching at San Francisco State University; and three grandchildren: Gia (19), Maya (9) and Ry (4).