Steven Wilkinson

ISPS 
Faculty Fellow

Steven Wilkinson

Title 
Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Yale University

Steven I. Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. He is currently working on three projects: 1) A book to come out in 2013, Army Nation and Democracy: India in Comparative Perspective, under contract with Harvard University Press and (in South Asia) Permanent Black, which examines how states manage the ethnically imbalanced armies they often inherit in transitions from authoritarian or colonial rule; 2) A co-authored project with Saumitra Jha (Stanford GSB) on War and Political Change, the first part of which, an article on that examines the role of veterans in ethnic cleansing in the partition of India, is published in the November 2012 American Political Science Review; 3) A book on colonial legacies for democracy and conflict. His book, Votes and Violence: electoral competition and ethnic riots in India (Cambridge, 2004) was co-winner of APSA’s Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book published in government, politics and international affairs in the previous year. Wilkinson has also edited, with his former colleague Herbert Kitschelt, a book on clientelism entitled Patrons, Clients or Politics: Patterns of Political Accountability and Competition (Cambridge, 2007). He taught previously at Duke and at the University of Chicago.

Discipline 
Political Science