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Welcome. I’m a PhD candidate in political science at Yale University. My research is in international and comparative political economy, with a regional focus on South Asia. My papers are published in The Journal of Politics and International Organization. I have received funding from the National Science Foundation, Time Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences, and the Leitner Political Economy Program at Yale.

I am especially interested in the politics of democracy and redistribution and am currently at work on two related streams of research. The first studies the role of business and special interests in shaping distributive politics in poor democracies. The second examines the causes and consequences of the growth of the right in India in comparative and historical perspective. I use a variety of approaches in my work, including quantitative analysis, extensive fieldwork and qualitative interviews, experiments, and archival research.

I was born and raised in India. I have a BA in economics from Colby College. I earned an MA from the Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. Previously I worked at Innovations for Poverty Action and at the Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University. I teach in Yale’s political science department and business school.

My CV is available here. In case you would like to get in touch, you can reach me at gautam.nair@yale.edu. Thanks for visiting.