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Mahatma Gandhi Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Bosch Fellow in Public Policy - Class of Spring 2019


Prerna Singh is Mahatma Gandhi Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University, faculty fellow at Brown’s Watson Institute, and co-convener of the Brown-Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar in South Asian Politics. She completed her PhD in politics at Princeton University, the tripos in social and political studies at the University of Cambridge, and BA in economics at Delhi University. Singh’s work fuses insights from across social psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, anthropology, and history to specify the role of identities, ideas, and institutions in explaining why states emphasize social welfare and why societies become amenable to development interventions. Her book How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India (Cambridge, 2016) was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book published in politics and international relations, and the American Sociological Association’s Barrington Moore Prize for the best book published in comparative historical sociology.

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