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Kanchan Chandra

Kanchan Chandra (born 20 January 1971) is a political scientist who is currently Professor of Politics at New York University. She has made significant research contributions on a range of subjects in political science including comparative ethnic politics, democratic theory, intrastate conflict, patronage and clientelism, and South Asian politics.

Chandra graduated from Dartmouth College in 1993, and earned a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in 2000. She was a faculty member in the political science department at MIT from 2000 to 2005 before joining the NYU Politics Department in 2005.[1]

Chandra is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Science Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and SSRC-MacArthur Foundation.[2]

Chandra is the author of three books, as well as numerous academic articles. Her first book Why Ethnic Parties Succeed: Patronage and Ethnic Headcounts in India, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2004 and has since been very widely cited.[3] She is also the lead author of Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics: 2012 [4] (2012) and Democratic Dynasties: State, Party and Family Politics in India (2016).[5]


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