Kanchan Chandra, Professor of Politics

B.A. 1993, Dartmouth; Ph.D. 2000, Harvard

  • Email: kanchan.chandra@gmail.com
  • Office Address:  NYU Department of Politics, 19 W. 4th Street, New York, NY 10012
  • Office Room Number:  412

Areas of Research/Interest: Comparative Ethnic Politics, Democratic Theory, Political Parties and Elections, Violence, Comparative Research Methods

Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics (Forthcoming 2012: Oxford University Press).  Download introduction here.

Why Ethnic Parties Succeed (Cambridge University Press: 2004). Download introduction here.

2011, “What is an Ethnic Party.”  Party Politics, March 2011
2009, “Designing Measures of Ethnic Identity: The Problems of Overlap and Incompleteness.” Qualitative Methods Newsletter, Spring 2009
2009, “A Constructivist Dataset on Ethnicity and Institutions (CDEI).” in Rawi Abdelal, Yoshiko Herrera, Ian Johnston and Rose McDermott eds, Identity as a Variable (Cambridge University Press)
2009, “Why Voters in Patronage-Democracies Split Their Tickets: Strategic Voting for Ethnic Parties in Patronage-Democracies.”  Electoral Studies (2009)
2008, “Making Causal Claims About Ethnic Politics” in Mark Lichbach and Alan Zuckerman eds, Comparative Politics (Cambridge University Press: 2008)
2008, “Ethnic Invention: A New Principle for Institutional Design in Multi-Ethnic Democracies”  James Johnson, Jack Knight, Margaret Levi and James Johnson eds, Mobilizing Democracy (Jointly published by the American Political Science Association and the Russell Sage Foundation).
2008, “Measuring the Effect of Ethnicity” (with Steven Wilkinson). Comparative Political Studies (April 2008)
2007, “Counting Heads” in Herbert Kitschelt and Steven Wilkinson, eds. Patronage and Clientelism (Cambridge University Press)
2006, “What is Ethnic Identity and Does it Matter?”  Annual Review of Political Science. Vol. 9: 397-424
2006, “Mechanisms and Outcomes,” Qualitative Methods Newsletter, American Political Science Association, Spring Issue.
2005, “Ethnic Parties and Democratic Stability.”  Perspectives on Politics.  Vol 3(2): 235-252.
2001, “Ethnic Bargains, Group Instability and Social Choice Theory.”  Politics and Society.  Volume 29 (3): 337-362.
2001, “Cumulative Findings in the Study of Ethnic Politics.”  APSA-CP. Vol. 12 (1): 7-11.
2000, “Elite Incorporation in Multi-Ethnic Societies.”  Asian Survey.  Vol XL (5): 836-855.
2000, “The Transformation of Ethnic Politics in India: The Decline of Congress and the Rise of the Bahujan Samaj Party in Hoshiarpur.”  Journal of Asian Studies.  Vol 59 (1): 26-61.
1999, “The Ethnification of the Party System in Uttar Pradesh and its Consequences,” in Indian Politics and the 1998 Election, Ramashray Roy and Paul Wallace, eds., New Delhi: Sage Publications, pgs 55-104.
1997, “Party Strategies in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 1996.” (with Chandrika Parmar), in Economic and Political Weekly, February 1 1997.

2006. Review of Paul R. Brass, The Production of Hindu-Muslim Violence in Contemporary India.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003, Journal of Asian Studies
2001, “Civic Life or Economic Interdependence.”  Advance Review of Ashutosh Varshney, Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life (New Haven: Yale University Press 2002), Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. Vol 39 (1): 110-118.


National Science Foundation (2009-11, 2005-9), United States Institute of Peace (2009-11), Guggenheim Fellow (2009-10), Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences (2009-10), Carnegie Fellow (2008-10), Russell Sage Fellow (2005-6), Radcliffe Institute Fellowship 2005-6 (Declined), Harvard Academy Fellow (1999, 2001), SSRC-Macarthur Dissertation Fellow in International Peace and Security (1996-98).