Dr Dishil Shrimankar

Personal profile

I joined Royal Holloway's Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy in October 2019 on an

ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Prior to joining Royal Holloway, I was an Assitant Professor (Teaching Focus) in the School of Politics and IR, University of Nottingham, where I obtained my PhD in Political Science. During the PhD I attended the ICPSR Summer School in Quantitative Methods at the University of Michigan, and the Essex Summer School at the University of Essex. 

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics, Indian politics and quantitative methods. I am particularly interested in how political parties organisations shape, and are in turn shaped by political and economic decentralisation. 

My doctoral dissertation explained the puzzle of why regional parties succeed in some Indian regions, but not in others. I showed that when national parties are decentralized and the regional branch is granted more autonomy, regional parties find it hard to succeed. A second component of the dissertation investigates why some regional branches of national parties have more autonomy where others do not.  

Currently, as part of my ESRC post-doctoral fellowship, I am working on the factors that determine whether winning (and losing) candidates decide to rerun for political office, using a Regression Discontinuity (RDD) approach.

As a separate project, I have recently concluded collaborative research on the impact of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, the world’s largest workfare programme, on the empowerment of women and Scheduled Castes (SCs).

Furthermore, I am looking at the role of nationalism in explaining the success of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Indian elections. 


At Nottingham, I led classes on Comparative Politics, Introduction to Quantitative Methods, Q-step Advanced Quantitive Methods, and Party Systems across the Globe. 

Educational background

PhD Political Science, University of Nottingham

MSc Comparative Politics, LSE

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