Honorary Doctorate, Uppsala University, Sweden, January 2012.
Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, UK, 2014- 2016
Dudley Seers Memorial Prize 2015 for “Stuck in Place: Investigating Social Mobility in 14 Bangalore Slums.” Journal of Development Studies, 49 (7), 2014.
Thomas Langford Lectureship Award, 2011, Duke University.
Olaf Palme Visiting Professorship, 2007-08, Swedish Research Council.
Inaugural Krishna Raj Memorial Award and Public Lecture, Economic and Political Weekly Foundation, 2007
Dudley Seers Memorial Prize 2006 for “Why Growth is not Enough: Household Poverty Dynamics in Northeast Gujarat, India,” Journal of Development Studies, 41 (7), 2005.
Best Article Award: American Political Science Association, Comparative Democratization Section, for “Enhancing Political Participation in Democracies: What is the Role of Social Capital?” Comparative Political Studies, 35 (4), 2002.
Janice N. and Milton J. Esman Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Department of Government, Cornell University, 2000.
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, a competitive Fulbright program exchange award for mid-career professionals, 1993-1994.
Kennedy Fellowship, Harvard University, 1980.
President’s Gold Medal in Economics, Delhi University, India, 1980.