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Prerna Singh

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Prerna Singh is Mahatma Gandhi Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, with appointments in the School of Public Health and the Department of Sociology at Brown University. She has published numerous award-winning books and articles on human development, public health, ethnicity and nationalism. Her first book, How Solidarity Works for Welfare was awarded best book prizes from both the American Political Science and the American Sociological Associations. Singh has been awarded fellowships by the Center for Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, the Social Science Research Council, the Rockefeller foundation, the Andrew Carnegie foundation, the American Academy of Berlin, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and the American Institute of Indian Studies. She has shared her research with scholarly, policy and popular audiences in over a hundred lectures, including keynote addresses, delivered across twenty different countries. Singh serves on the academic advisory board of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, the steering committee of the Center for Contemporary South Asia at Brown, is a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and co-convenes the Brown-Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar in South Asian Politics. She serves on the editorial board of Cambridge University Press’s Studies in Comparative Politics as well as the Elements in the Politics of Development series. From 2021-23, Singh served as President of the Comparative Politics section, the largest section of the American Political Science Association. She is presently working on a book manuscript ‘Moral Vaccination: Ideas and Institutions in the Control of Contagion in China and India’. She is also working on a range of projects around identity politics, ethnicity and nationalism, specially in India. Singh also writes for popular media outlets including the LA Times, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog and Indian outlets such as the Times of India and Seminar. She has studied at Princeton, Cambridge and Delhi Universities. Prior to joining Brown, she was on the faculty of the Department of Government at Harvard University.