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Aditya Dasgupta

Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced

Aditya Dasgupta is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Merced. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. His research is on comparative political and economic development/history. He works on three main topics: (i) technological change; (ii) democratization; (iii) and state capacity. Much of his work is on rural India, including his book project on how technological change in agriculture transformed politics in the developing world, but he also often works comparatively as well.  

He directs a lab on the Political Economy of Agriculture and Rural Societies (PEARS) which specializes in projects using natural experiments, geospatial methods and machine learning (some pictures). He is affiliated with CAPE and IGCC and has previously been a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His research has been published in the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Economic History, and International Organization and he has received multiple awards from the American Political Science Association. 

Expertise & Interests

  • Comparative politics
  • Political economy