gareth nellis | political scientist | ucsd

I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where I specialize in comparative politics, political economy, and modern South Asia. I received my PhD from Yale University. Prior to coming to UCSD, I was the Evidence in Governance and Politics Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.

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, and other outlets. I am the India and Kashmir consultant for Freedom in the World—an annual survey of countries produced by Freedom House. I also consult on a collaboration between the National Democratic Institute and the State Department’s Fundamental Freedoms Fund initiative.

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.