Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Siddharth Swaminathan

Professor of Political Science, Azim Premji University



Siddharth Swaminathan is a Professor of Political Science at Azim Premji University in Karnataka, India. Swaminathan teaches courses on Politics in India, Welfare Rights, and Empirical Policy Analysis. He received an MA and PhD in political science from the Claremont Graduate University. His research focuses on political demography, voter behavior, citizenship and urban governance in India. Prior to joining Azim Premji University, he held faculty positions at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, La Sierra University and California State University.

His most recent publications include: Statistical Methods and Political Analysis: Examining the 'Economic Vote' in Indian Parliamentary Elections (Knowing the Social World: Challenges and Responses, 2015) and Politics, Development, and Deaths: Comparing China and India (Konark Publishers Private Ltd, 2015).

Swaminathan was a visiting scholar from March to April 2015.