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. I am now a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (starting October 2020). 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. 

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 factors that shape candidate selection for political office at the national and sub-national level in India. Importantly, the study looks at the influence of candidate nomination and renomination patterns on the effect of incumbency on subsequent elections. 

As a separate project, I have recently concluded collaborative research on measuring people's empowerment, and the importance of taking into account the reasons to value and the role of prevaliing social norms in determining people's ability to make strategic life choices. 

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


At RHUL, I will be teaching on PR1000: Researching Politics and International Relations: Methods, Techniques, and Analysis.

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

Autumn 2020 Office hours: Friday 2-3pm.  

Educational background

PhD Political Science, University of Nottingham

MSc Comparative Politics, LSE

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