This is the website of Prerna Singh. I am presently the Mahatma Gandhi Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Brown University, in the Department of Political Science and at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, and an affiliate of the India Initiative. I am the co-director of the Brown-Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics. I am also an Associate Fellow of the Successful Societies Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
I work within the field of comparative politics on questions of development, governance, social welfare, public goods provision, public health, identity politics, and gender. I use a variety of methods including qualitative methods, notably comparative historical analysis, statistical methods, survey research and experiments to understand questions that include but are not limited to - Why are people in some places better educated and healthier than in other places? Does it matter if the state census counts identity categories or not? What are the consequences of a sense of shared solidarity? Can nationalism promote better relations between members of ethnic groups with a history of conflict? Why have some places been better able to counter the same deadly, infectious disease than other places? In what ways does ethnic diversity influence public goods provision? Does a more diverse population necessarily dampen the provision of social services? Why are some places safer for women than others? Why does the same state succeed in the implementation of some developmental schemes but not others? What is the role of ideas in politics? My research focuses in particular on the regions of South Asia and East Asia.
My book, ‘How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India’ has been recently published by Cambridge University Press in their series, Studies in Comparative Politics. You can order the book here via Amazon and see the Table of Contents here and an excerpt here and here.