Nirvikar Jassal

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Comparative Politics
Interests - Policing, South Asia, Causal Inference
Academic Subfields: 
Comparative Politics

Graduate Students

Personal Statement: 

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley as well as a Minerva Peace and Security Fellow at the US Institute of Peace (USIP). 

I specialize on policing and crime, with a regional focus on South Asia. My work uses quasi-experiments, experiments, and computational text analysis to understand gender violence, hate crime, perceptions of law enforcement, and police accountability. A major component of my research has been the collection of fine-grained data on the criminal justice system in India. In addition, a book project called Democracy in India (with Pradeep Chhibber and Irfan Nooruddin) is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

My work has been funded by the US Institute of Peace, the Poverty Action Lab at MIT, the Center for Experimental Social Sciences at Oxford, the Berkeley Institute for International Studies, and the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to graduate school, I worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, and served as an aide in the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

I hold a BA from Columbia (2010) and an MSc from Oxford (2012).

Dissertation Committee Chair: 
Pradeep Chhibber
Primary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics
Secondary Subfield: 
International Relations
Methodology & Formal Theory
Academic Advisors: 
Cecilia Mo
Joel Middleton
Alison Post