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Shikhar
Singh

Shikhar
Singh

I am a PhD candidate in political science at Yale University. My research focuses on the political economy of development, with a regional specialization in South Asia. My 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 work focuses on partisanship and democratic accountability. I do multi-method research, relying on experiments, regression discontinuity designs, observational analyses, and fieldwork in six Indian districts. I have taught graduate level quantitative methods courses, and undergraduate level comparative politics courses. In 2020, I received a university award, the Prize Teaching Fellowship, for my teaching. I have served as a research assistant for the Metaketa II project. Prior to the PhD, I worked for an Indian political party, fielding and analyzing their surveys in five state elections and a national election.

Interests

Comparative Politics Political Economy Political Parties Quantitative Methods Fieldwork South Asia American Politics

Education

2022
Expected
PhD in Political Science
Yale University
2013
BA in History and Politics
Balliol College, Oxford
On an Inlaks Scholarship
2011

Research

Candidate Caste Effects in Uttar Pradesh Elections, Studies in Indian Politics, Vol. 3, Issue 2. (179-197), 2015

Winning Support by Distributing Houses? Evidence from India

Partisan Selectivity in Blame Attribution: Evidence from the COVID-19 Pandemic (with Matthew Graham) (Revise and Resubmit, American Political Science Review) 

House Versus Cooking Gas Cylinder: Assessing the Political Impact of Two Benefits

Teaching

5/5

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Advanced Quantitative Methods, Fall 2019, Graduate

5/5

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Design and Analysis of Field Experiments, Spring 2018, Graduate

4.2/5

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Challenges of Young Democracies, Spring 2019, Undergraduate

4/5

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Introduction to Comparative Politics, Fall 2017, Undergraduate