Priyadarshi Amar

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate: Comparative Politics | Political Methodology



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Research Interests

Political Participation, Local Governance, Electoral Rules, Misinformation, Voting systems, and Political effects of Extreme Climate


Priyadarshi Amar is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and Agricultural and Applied Economics at University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is also a Student Affiliate at the Elections Research Center and the Center for South Asia.

His research interest lies at the intersection of political economy and development economics, focusing on South Asia. For his dissertation, he examines how institutional rules shape political entry in local governments, with particular focus on minorities and historically disenfranchised groups. Outside his dissertation, he is working on various projects on misinformation, voting systems, and the political effects of extreme climate in India.

His research projects have been funded by the Social Science Research Council’s Mercury Project Award, Rapoport Family Foundation, Elections Research Center, Trice Graduate Research Award Fund, and the Political Science Graduate Award Fund.

Prior to starting my PhD, he worked as a research assistant at Indian School of Business and Delhi School of Economics’ Center for Development Economics. He holds a M.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.Sc. in Financial Mathematics from King’s College London, and a B.Sc. in Statistics from the University of Delhi.