Steven Wilkinson

Nilekani Professor of India & South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science & International Affairs, Yale University

University of Edinburgh, M.A.; Duke University, A.M.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D.

Professor Steven I. Wilkinson (Ph.D., MIT) is the Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale University, where he is also the Henry R. Luce Director of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He taught previously at Duke University and the University of Chicago.

His works have covered the political conflict in India, and his first book on the topic, Votes and Violence (Cambridge, 2004), won the 2005 Woodrow Wilson Award for the best book on Politics, Government and International Affairs. He is also interested in topics relating to the corruption in politics, and co-edited the book, Patrons, Clients or Politics: Patterns of Political Accountability and Competition (Cambridge, 2007) with Herbert Kitschelt. His most recent book is Army and Nation, which was published in January 2015 by Harvard University Press (Permanent Black in South Asia), and examines India’s success in managing the imbalanced colonial army it inherited in 1947. He is currently working with Saumitra Jha (Stanford GSB) on a book on War and Political Change.

He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.