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Milan Vaishnav

CASI Non-Resident Visiting Scholar
Senior Fellow & Director, South Asia Program

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024

Milan Vaishnav is a senior fellow and director of the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His primary research focus is the political economy of India, and he examines issues such as corruption and governance, state capacity, electoral behavior, and relations with the diaspora.

He is the author of When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics (Yale University Press and HarperCollins India, 2017), which was awarded the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay New India Foundation book prize for the best non-fiction book on contemporary India published in 2017. He is also co-editor (with Devesh Kapur) of Costs of Democracy: Political Finance in India (Oxford University Press, 2018) and (with Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Devesh Kapur) of Rethinking Public Institutions in India (Oxford University Press, 2017). His work has been published in scholarly journals such as American Journal of Political Science, Asian Survey, Governance, India Review, Journal of Democracy, Studies in Indian Politics, Perspectives on Politics, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

He is the host of Grand Tamasha, a weekly podcast on Indian politics and policy co-produced by Carnegie and the Hindustan Times.

Previously, he worked at the Center for Global Development, where he served as a postdoctoral research fellow, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an adjunct professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.