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Next up for PSAC: Prerna Singh, Brown University

Wed, 02/28/2018

Prerna Singh is Mahatma Gandhi Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies  and faculty fellow at the Watson Institute, and co-convener of the Brown - Harvard - MIT Joint Seminar  in South Asian Politics. She completed her PhD and MA from the Department of Politics at Princeton  University, the tripos in social and political studies from Cambridge University, UK, and a BA  (Honors) in economics  from Delhi University. Prior to joining Brown, she taught in the Department of  Government at Harvard University. She has also been a junior fellow at the Harvard Academy for  International and Area Studies and held a pre - doctoral research fellowship at the  Center for  Advanced Study for India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Her book,  How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India was  published by Cambridge University Press in their Comparative Politics series earl ier this year  ( bjects/politics - international - relations/comparative - politics/how - solidarity - works - welfare - subnationalism - and - social - development - india?format=HB ). The  book is a comparative historical analysis of the very different evolution of social policy and welfare  sys tems across states in India, and the critical role that a sense of social solidarity and political  community has played therein. She traces the striking divergences in education and health policy  and outcomes across Indian states to differences in the str ength of their subnational identification.  The book was awarded the  Woodrow Wilson prize by the American Political Science Association for  the best book published in politics and international relations in the last year, and the  Barrington  Moore prize for  the best book published in comparative historical sociology in the last year by the  American Sociological Association.  

Singh's articles have been published in several journals, including Comparative Political  Studies,Comparative Politics, World Developmen t, World Politics, and Studies in Comparative  International Development. Her article published in  World Politics in July 2015, 'Subnationalism and  Social Development: A Comparative Analysis of Indian States' was awarded the Leubbert prize for  the best art icle published in Comparative Politics in the last two years; the Mary Parker Follett prize  for the best article published in Politics and History in the last year, both by the American Political  Science Association, and the best article prize in the Socio logy of Development by the American  Sociological Association. Singh is also the co - editor of the Handbook of Indian Politics (Routledge  2013). She is presently working on a book that compares the differential success of interventions  against disease across and within China and India.