About Me

I am the Evidence in Governance and Politics post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. From July 2018, I will be assistant professor in political science at the University of California, San Diego. I completed my PhD in political science at Yale University. I specialize in comparative politics, political economy, and modern South Asia. My research focuses on political parties, in particular the origins and persistence of weakly institutionalized party systems, and the extent to which parties matter for key development outcomes. A second strand of work addresses the drivers of discrimination against internal migrants in fast-urbanizing settings.

Funding for my research has come from the UK Department for International Development, the International Growth Center, the Institute for Social and Policy Studies, the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy, and the Yale Council on South Asian Studies. My recent papers have been cited in the Washington Post, Indian Express, the Hindustan Times, the Economic Times, the Navbharat Times, Quartz, and other outlets. I am the India and Kashmir consultant for Freedom in the World – an annual survey of countries produced by Freedom House. 

Beyond research, I am also passionate about teaching. Please find past students’ evaluations here.

You can access my CV here.

During my PhD, I spent a year at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Jaipur, Rajasthan, studying Hindi.


"Revisiting the political legacies of indirect rule in India: Parties, patrons, and participation"

Gareth Nellis

Working paper In progress

"Dominant parties and the origins of India’s weakly institutionalized party system"

Gareth Nellis

Working paper In progress

"Secular party rule and religious violence in Pakistan"

Gareth Nellis, Niloufer Siddiqui

American Political Science Review Forthcoming

"The fight within: Intra-party factionalism and incumbency spillovers in India"

Gareth Nellis

American Journal of Political Science Revise and resubmit

"Do urban politicians discriminate against internal migrants? Evidence from nationwide field experiments"

Gareth Nellis, Nikhar Gaikwad

Working paper

"Do parties matter for ethnic violence? Evidence from India"

Gareth Nellis, Michael Weaver, Steven Rosenzweig

Quarterly Journal of Political Science 11/3(249-77)

"The majority-minority divide in attitudes toward internal migration: evidence from Mumbai"

Gareth Nellis, Nikhar Gaikwad

American Journal of Political Science Early view