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Amit Ahuja



October 5, 2022 — August 25, 2023

Professional affiliation

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California at Santa Barbara
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Ethnic politics


Political Mobilization

South Asia

Wilson Center Projects

Building National Armies in Multiethnic States

Full Biography

Dr. Amit Ahuja is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His research focuses on the processes of inclusion and exclusion in multiethnic societies. He has studied this within the context of ethnic parties and movements, military organization, intercaste marriage, and skin color preferences in South Asia.

Major Publications


Internal Security in India: Violence, Order, and the State. New York: Oxford University Press, 2023. (with Devesh Kapur)

Mobilizing the Marginalized: Ethnic Parties Without Ethnic Movements. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. Winner of the New India Foundation Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Book Prize


“Preventive Repression: Protest Policing in New Delhi,” Journal of Urban Affairs, 2023. (with Rajkamal Singh and Rahul Hemrajani)