Raju Parakkal, MA, PhD

Associate Professor of International Relations



Ravenhill 207
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Raju Parakkal, MA, PhD

Associate Professor of International Relations

Focus Areas

Antitrust/Competition Laws and Policy; Foreign Investments; Economic Development


PhD, International Relations, Florida International University (2009) 
MA, International Studies, Florida International University (2009) 
MA, Economics, University of Miami (2004) 
MA, Economics, Mahatma Gandhi University (2003)



CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), ICFAI, India, 1994-2002 (certified in 2007)


  • President’s Award for Excellence, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, April 20, 2017. (This faculty award is given annually by Philadelphia University to one faculty member in recognition of their extraordinary scholarship and academic accomplishments.)
  • Nexus Learning Award, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, 2014. Project (Group Member): Academic and Community Engagement Sessions (ACES). The Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning, Philadelphia University. (Nexus Learning Awards at Philadelphia University are granted for implementing active, collaborative, and real world learning experiences infused with the liberal arts.)
  • Grand Prize, International Studies Association (ISA) – South Conference, Savannah, GA, October 25-27, 2007. (This award is given annually to the best graduate student paper presented at this conference; the ISA is the professional association for scholars, practitioners and graduate students in the field of international relations/studies.)

Research Interests

Dr. Parakkal is an international and comparative political economist with research interests in global competition and antitrust laws, foreign currency reserves, foreign investments, and trade disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO). He also has a research and scholarly interest in the politics, economics, and cultural aspects of the Indian sub-continent. In general, his research in political economy is focused mostly on developing countries and transition economies. Most of Dr. Parakkal's recent publications have been in the area of global competition and antitrust laws that have explored the spread of these laws among developing and transition economies. Lately, his interest in competition/antitrust laws has turned towards issues related to the market power of major technology firms (“Big Tech”) and the socio-economic and political implications of this dominance.