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Shikhar Singh

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Curriculum Vitae

Shikhar Singh is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CASI, working alongside CASI Director Tariq Thachil and CASI Non-Resident Visiting Scholar Adam Auerbach. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. His research focuses on the political economy of development, with a regional specialization in South Asia. His dissertation explains why clientelism and identities continue to matter in the distributive politics of multiethnic developing democracies and the consequences of this for democratic accountability, representation, and policymaking. A second strand of his work focuses on partisanship and democratic accountability. He does multi-method research, relying on experiments, regression discontinuity designs, observational analyses, and fieldwork in six Indian districts. His research has been supported by the MacMillan Center’s South Asian Studies Council and the Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy, and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He has taught graduate level quantitative methods courses, and undergraduate level comparative politics courses. In 2020, he received a university award, the Prize Teaching Fellowship. He has served as a research assistant for the Metaketa II project. Prior to earning his Ph.D., he worked for an Indian political party, fielding and analyzing their surveys in five state elections and a national election.