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 Center for Contemporary South Asia. 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 was previously assistant professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University. I have also been a scholar at the Harvard Academy. I completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania. I have also been affiliated with the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi. I completed my Ph.D. at the Department of Politics in Princeton University, the tripos in Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University, U.K. and a Bachelors in Economics at Delhi University in St. Stephen’s College.

My book ‘How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India’ published by Cambridge University Press in their series, Studies in Comparative Politics won the Woodrow Wilson Prize awarded by the American Political Science Association for the best book published in politics and international relations in 2015 as well as the Barrington Moore prize awarded by the American Sociological Association for the best book published in comparative historical sociology in 2015. You can order the book  via Cambridge University Press or Amazon and see the Table of Contents here and an excerpt here and here.

I have co-edited a double special issue of the journal Comparative Political Studies entitled ‘Ethnic Diversity and Public Goods Provision’. You can view the table of contents here. I am co-editor of the 'Handbook of Indian Politics'. You can order the book here via Amazon and see some excerpts including the Table of Contents here.

My research has been published in a number of journals including Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development and World Politics. My article in World Politics, ‘Subnationalism and Social Development: A Comparative Analysis of Indian States’ won the Gregory Luebbert prize awarded by the American Political Science Association for the best article published in Comparative Politics in 2014 and 2015, the Mary Parker Follett prize awarded by the American Political Science Association for the best article published in Politics and History in 2015, and the best article prize awarded by the American Sociological Association for the best article in the Sociology of Development in 2015.


The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brown University
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Providence, RI 02912
E-mail: prerna_singh@brown.edu

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