Rohan Kalyan has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Kalyan is one of 27 new tenure-track faculty members at the college this fall. The new hires are part of the college’s ongoing efforts to attract renowned scholars to strengthen and expand its teaching, research, and engagement programs. The college has added more than 100 full-time permanent faculty members in the past four years.

Kalyan’s research examines the intersections of globalization and urbanization in the developing world. His work integrates political economy, urban studies, visual ethnography, and post-colonial theory; and incorporates documentary filmmaking. He will teach courses on global cities, political theory, and leading a graduate seminar on globalization theory.

He is also a core faculty member in the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought doctoral program.

Kalyan has been published in peer reviewed journals including Theory, Culture & Society and Globalizations. He is completing a book manuscript on urban development and social change in India.

He received his bachelor's degree from Vassar College and a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.