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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 my 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. My 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. 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.

Research

Do Voters Reward Programmatic Distribution? Evidence from Survey Experiments in India

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

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) 

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

Teaching

4.7/5

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Visualization of Political and Social Data , Fall 2021, Undergraduate

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

This course uses Field Experiments: Design, Analysis, and Interpretation  (by Alan Gerber and Donald Green) as a textbook, covering one chapter each week. 

4.8/5

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The Logic of Randomized Experiments in Political Science, Spring 2022, Undergraduate

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