Office: 354 Commons Center
Associate Professor of Political Science
I hold a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University (2003), and a Ph.D in Government from Cornell University (2009). My research focuses on political parties and political behavior, social movements, and ethnic politics, with a regional focus on South Asia. My first book (Cambridge University Press, 2014) examines how elite parties can use social services to win mass support, through a study of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in India. The book and the dissertation on which it was based have won six prizes, including the 2015 Gregory Luebbert Award for best book in comparative politics, the 2015 Leon Epstein Award for best book on political parties, 2010 Gabriel Almond Award for best dissertation in comparative politics (all from the American Political Science Association), and the 2010 Sardar Patel Prize for best dissertation on modern India in the humanities and social sciences. My articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Contemporary South Asia, and World Politics. My current research focuses on the political consequences of urbanization, and draws on extensive qualitative and quantitative research among poor migrants in Indian cities.
For more details about Professor Thachil, see his personal website.