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Book Adda featuring Kanchan Chandra's Democratic Dynasties: State, Party and Family in Contemporary Indian Politics

Friday, February 12, 2016

2 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

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Kanchan Chandra, New York University


Anjali Bohlken, University of British Columbia


Pradeep Chhibber, University of California, Berkeley

Daniel Smith, Harvard University

Ashutosh Varshney, Brown University

Kanchan Chandra (Ph.D 2000, Harvard), Professor of Politics at NYU, works on questions of ethnicity, democracy, violence, patronage and clientelism, party politics and the politics of South Asia. She is lead author of Democratic Dynasties (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics (Oxford University Press, 2012) (introduction), author of Why Ethnic Parties Succeed: Patronage and Ethnic Headcounts in India (Cambridge University Press, 2004) (introduction) and of articles in several leading journals.

Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Princeton Program on Democracy and Development, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences, the Russell Sage Foundation and research grants from the National Science Foundation, and the United States Institute of Peace.

Her previous work explores what the constructed nature of ethnic identity means for theories and data on the causes and consequences of ethnic mobilization. It proposes a new conceptual framework for thinking about ethnic identity and uses this framework to theories about the relationship between ethnicity, politics and economics.

Saxena Center for Contemporary South Asia