In 2014-2015 I was the Hayward R. Alker Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies, University of Southern California. I defended my dissertation in September 2014 from the Politics Department, New York University. In my dissertation, I analyze whether and how the political inclusion of disadvantaged minorities into local government affects patterns of Maoist violence in India.

More broadly, my research focuses on the intersection of political violence, economic development and representation — with a regional focus on South Asia. This research has been supported by a National Science Foundation grant. For more information please see my curriculum vitae. Examples of current recent include:


  1. The Political Economy of Oversight: Evidence from India’s Employment Guarantee, with Saad Gulzar. Forthcoming, American Political Science Review.

  2. Civil War and Social Cohesion: Lab-in-the-Field Evidence, with Michael Gilligan and Cyrus Samii. American Journal of Political Science. 26(1): 65-78. 

  3. How Ethnic Quotas Shape Violence: Field Evidence from India

  4. How Political Quotas Shape Development: Village Evidence Across India




Benjamin Pasquale