Tariq Thachil

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Peter Strauss Family Assistant Professor of Political Science
115 Prospect St, Room 403
Ph.D. in Government, Cornell University, 2009
M.A. in Government, Cornell University, 2007
B.A. in Economics, Stanford University, 2003
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Tariq Thachil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University, and a Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. His research focuses on political parties and political behavior, social movements, ethnic politics, and urban migration, with a regional focus on South Asia.

His first book Elite Parties, Poor Voters: How Social Services Win Votes in India was published by Cambridge University Press (Studies in Comparative Politics series) in 2014. The book examines how elite parties use social services to win unlikely support from disadvantaged voters, through a study of Hindu nationalism in India. This project has won six prizes, including APSA’s 2015 Luebbert Award for best book in comparative politics, 2015 Epstein Award for best book on political parties, and 2010 Almond Award for best dissertation in comparative politics. It also won the 2015 Gaddis Smith Award for best first book by a Yale faculty member on an international subject.

His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Contemporary South Asia, and World Politics. His current research focuses on understanding patterns of social and political cooperation and conflict among poor migrants moving from villages to cities across India.

At Yale, he has taught classes on political parties, development in South Asia, and Indian democracy, and twice served as Director of Undergraduate Studies of South Asian Studies.

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