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Shikhar
Singh

Shikhar
Singh

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, working with Tariq Thachil and Adam Auerbach. I completed a PhD in political science at Yale University. I study democratic accountability and the political economy of development, with a regional focus on South Asia. One line of my research looks at variation in how developing democracies deliver welfare to their citizens, and why governments do not entirely shift to more efficient delivery strategies. A second strand seeks to explain why decentralization often fails to deliver expected improvements in public goods provisioning, local state capacity and political responsiveness. I employ a mixed-methods approach to study these questions, using experiments, observational analyses, and extensive fieldwork. I have work forthcoming in the American Political Science Review. 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 a wide range of quantitative methods and comparative politics courses. In 2020, I received a university-wide award, the Prize Teaching Fellowship, for excellence in teaching. I have been closely involved with the Metaketa II project as a research assistant to the steering committee. Prior to the PhD, I fielded and analyzed surveys for India’s Congress party in its election war-room.

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 (Forthcoming, American Political Science Review

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

Teaching

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Visualization of Political and Social Data , Fall 2021, Undergraduate

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Advanced Quantitative Methods, Fall 2019, Graduate

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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