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 Wilkinson’s research addresses the causes of ethnic violence, understanding political clientelism, civil-military relations in India and elsewhere, colonial legacies for democracy and development, and war and political change. His books include Army and Nation, an examination of India’s success in managing the imbalanced colonial army it inherited in 1947; Patrons, Clients or Politics: Patterns of Political Accountability and Competition (co-edited), which addresses corruption in politics; and Votes and Violence: electoral competition and ethnic riots in India, a study of the political roots of communal conflict in South Asia. Most recently,Wilkinson has worked on war and political change, and on civil military relations.