Personal profile

Personal profile

Arvind Kumar is a PhD candidate with specific interest in electoral democracy and voting behaviour. His thesis- Candidate Selection and Voting Behaviour: BJP's mobilisation of marginal castes in Uttar Pradesh, India explores how the right-wing BJP in Indian democracy has mobilised marginal caste (voters) through candidate nomination. His broader research interests include Caste/Ethnic Inequality, Political Behaviour, Party Politics, Political Economy, Political Theory, Judicial Politics and South Asian Politics.

He has been Sessional Tutor of South Asian Politics at the PIR, and presently working as Visiting Tutor at the Department of Law and Criminology. He is Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), UK. He also held position of Guest Lecturer of Political Science (2016-18) at the Department of Political Science, Satyawati College (M), University of Delhi, New Delhi, India.

He is regular contributing columist of ThePirnt, IndiaToday, and Firstpost.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

MPhil in Political Studies, Center for Political Studies, SSS, Inequality and Democracy- Exploring Possibilities of Equity in the Twenty-First Century, Jawaharlal Nehru University

MA in Political Science, Center for Political Studies, SSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University

BA(H) in Arabic, Center of Arabic & African Studies, SLL&CS, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Teaching & Learning, Post-Graduate Teaching Certificate in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning (inSTIL)