Rikhil R. Bhavnani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a faculty affiliate at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Elections Research Center and the Center for South Asia.
Professor Bhavnani’s research and teaching focus on inequalities in political representation, the political economy of migration, and the political economy of development. His research is particularly concerned with causal identification, and is focused on South Asia. Bhavnani is the co-author, with Bethany Lacina, of a book on the nativist or "sons-of-the-soil" reaction to within-country migration across the developing world, forthcoming at Cambridge University Press. His papers have been published or are forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, World Politics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the British Journal of Political Science and the Economic Journal, among others.
Prior to starting at UW–Madison, Professor Bhavnani was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. He has worked at the Center for Global Development and the International Monetary Fund, and received a PhD in political science and an MA in economics from Stanford University, and a BA in political science and economics from Yale University.
Bhavnani, Rikhil R. 2018. "The Effects of Malapportionment in Parliamentary Systems: Subnational Evidence from India." British Journal of Political Science 48(1): 69-89.
Bhavnani, Rikhil R., and Alexander Lee. 2018. "Local Embeddedness and Bureaucratic Performance: Evidence from India." Journal of Politics 80(1): 71-87.
Bhavnani, Rikhil R., and Bethany Lacina. 2017. “Fiscal Federalism at Work? Central Responses to Internal Migration in India.” World Development 93: 236-248.
Bhavnani, Rikhil R. 2017. "Do the Effects of Temporary Ethnic Group Quotas Persist? Evidence from India." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 9(3): 105-123.
Bhavnani, Rikhil R. and Kate Baldwin. 2015. "Ancillary Studies of Experiments: Opportunities and Challenges." Journal of Globalization and Development 6(1): 113–146.
Bhavnani, Rikhil R. and Samuel Bazzi. 2015. "Response to Roodman "A Replication of `Counting Chickens When They Hatch." Public Finance Review 43(2): 282–286.
Bhavnani, Rikhil R., and Bethany Lacina. 2015. "The Effects of Rainfall-Induced Migration on Sons of the Soil Violence in India." World Politics 67(4).
Bhavnani, Rikhil R. and Saumitra Jha. 2014. "Gandhi's Gift: Lessons for Peaceful Reform from India's Struggle for Democracy." Economics of Peace and Security Journal, 9, 1: 76-88.
Clemens, Michael C., Steven Radelet, Rikhil R. Bhavnani and Samuel Bazzi. 2012. "Counting Chickens when they Hatch: Timing and the Effects of Aid on Growth," The Economic Journal, 122: 590-617.
Bhavnani Rikhil R., and Kate Baldwin. 2011. "Secondary Analyses of Experiments: Opportunities and Challenges," APSA-Comparative Democratization Newsletter, October.
Bhavnani, Rikhil R. 2009. "Do Electoral Quotas Work After They Are Withdrawn? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in India," American Political Science Review, 103 (1): 23-35.
Royal Economic Society Prize for the best unsolicited paper published in The Economic Journal in 2012, for “Counting Chickens When They Hatch: Timing and the Effects of Aid on Growth.”