After retiring in June 2013 as Associate Chair, Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Political Science department, Harry Blair is currently Senior Research Scholar in South Asian Studies at Yale University.
Previously, he held academic positions at Bucknell, Colgate, Columbia, Cornell and Rutgers universities. He began his academic career with his Ph.D. dissertation on Bihar politics in the late 1960s and later studied other parts of South Asia – Bangladesh, Maharashtra and Nepal. Since the early 1990s, he has worked mainly on democracy and governance
principally on civil society and decentralization. Geographically, aside from South Asia, his field work and writing include Eastern Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Blair served several years as senior advisor with the United States Agency for International Development and has worked as a consultant for the Department for International Development (UK), Ford Foundation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank.