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Ajay Verghese


Professional affiliation

Associate Professor, Middlebury College


  • History
  • Society and Culture

Full Biography

Ajay Verghese is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College. He received his Ph.D. in 2013 from The George Washington University, and was a postdoctoral fellow from 2012-13 at the Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. His research interests include Indian politics, ethnic violence, historical legacies, religion, and methodology. His first book, The Colonial Origins of Ethnic Violence in India, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016, and his articles have been published in Modern Asian Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, Journal of Development Studies, Politics & Society, Politics and Religion, and Sociological Theory. He received the Ted Jelen Award from the Religion and Politics APSA section, and an honorable mention for the Award for Concept Analysis in Political Science from IPSA. He is currently working on his second project, which examines Hinduism and politics in India, which has been funded by the Fulbright Program, American Institute of Indian Studies, and the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Major Publications

  • Verghese, Ajay. 2020. “Taking Other Religions Seriously: A Comparative Survey of Hindus in India.” Politics and Religion 13(3): 604-638.
  • Carreras, Miguel, and Ajay Verghese. 2020. “Violence, Insecurity, and Religiosity: A Multilevel Analysis of 71 Countries.” Terrorism and Political Violence 32(6): 1310-1328.
  • Verghese, Ajay. 2021. “Ethnic Violence in India.” In: Weiner, Michael (ed), Routledge Handbook of Race and Ethnicity in Asia. New York: Routledge, pp. 31-45.