Shivaji Mukherjee

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Mississauga
Centre for South Asian Studies at the Asian Institute




Room DV 3263, 3359 Mississauga Road North



I am an Assistant Professor in Political Science, at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, and also part of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Toronto, St. George. I am also a Faculty Associate at the Center for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto.

I work on political violence and conflict in India, and do research on insurgencies in South Asia, particularly focusing on the Maoist insurgency in India. I also have an interest in state formation, legacies of colonial institutions, and other types of political violence in South Asia.

I did my PhD in political science at Yale University. My dissertation is on the Maoist insurgency in India, and uses data gathered during field work, archival data and quantitative analysis of sub national datasets to demonstrate that colonial institutions of indirect rule selected by the British set up the structural conditions for post colonial insurgency through path dependent mechanisms.


“Colonial Origins of Maoist Insurgency in India: Long Term Effects of Indirect Rule—Chapter 5: Econometric analysis of spatial variation in Maoist insurgency in India”, CASI Working Paper Series No. 13-01, January 2013.

“Why are the Longest Insurgencies Low Violence? Politician Motivations, Sons of the Soil and Civil War Duration”. Civil Wars, Volume 16, Issue 2, 2014.

“Colonial Origins of Maoist Insurgency in India: Historical Indirect Rule Institutions and Civil War.” Journal of Conflict Resolution, Forthcoming

“Insurgencies in India – Origins and Causes”, in Sumit Ganguly, Manjeet Pardesi, Nicolas Blarel (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of India’s National Security. Forthcoming in 2018.

“Insurgency and counter insurgency in South Asia”, in Sumit Ganguly, Joseph Liow and Andrew Scobell (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Asian Security Studies, 2nd edition. Forthcoming in 2017.

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