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Tariq Thachil

Placement Director
Associate Professor
Affiliated Faculty, Asian Studies Program

Tariq Thachil is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. 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 (Cambridge University Press, 2014) examines how elite parties use social services to win unlikely support from disadvantaged voters, through a study of Hindu nationalism in India. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Contemporary South Asia, and World Politics. His current research focuses on understanding the political consequences of rapid urbanization and internal migration in India. Before joining Vanderbilt University, he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University from 2010-2016.


Representative publications

  • “Who Do Political Brokers Serve? Reputation, Responsiveness, and Ethnic Indifference in India’s Slums” (with Adam Auerbach). Forthcoming, American Journal of Political Science.
  • “Does Police Repression Spur Everyday Cooperation? Evidence from Urban India.” Forthcoming, Journal of Politics 
  • “How Clients Select Brokers: Competition and Choice in India’s Slums?” (with Adam Auerbach), American Political Science Review 112, 4: 775-791 (2018).
  • “Improving Surveys Through Ethnography: Insights from India’s Urban Periphery.” Studies in Comparative International Development, 53, 3 (September): 281-299 (2018). 
  • “Do Rural Migrants Divide Ethnically in the City? Ethnographic and Experimental Evidence From India.” American Journal of Political Science, 61, 4 (2017): 908–926.
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