Ajit completed his FPM in Public Policy from IIM Bangalore, where his doctoral research was an effort at melding the academic streams of public policy and political science. Prior to the doctoral degree, he received a management diploma from IIM Bangalore and a bachelor degree in electrical engineering from IIT Bombay. He has four years’ experience as a practitioner of public policy, working in the varied capacities of a consultant, policy advocate and a researcher. During the FPM, he was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship to pursue a portion of his doctoral research at Duke University.
Research interest: Comparative legislatures; legislative politics; political parties and business-politics linkages
Teaching interest: Business, government and society; Politics in India; Political analysis for policy-making and Quantitative research methods
Discipline in disorder: Does party discipline drive disruptions in the Indian Parliament? IIM Bangalore Working Paper No. 510
Lokniti-APU Study (2017) Politics and Society between Elections (as Investigator)
Inter Parliamentary Union (2010) Analytical study on Parliamentary mechanisms on MDGs (as National Consultant)
Lok Sabha Secretariat (2010) Democratic Quotient of Indian Parliament: Perceptions of 100 parliamentarians on Parliament’s functioning PricewaterhouseCoopers (2007) Bangalore: Citizen’s perceptions on Democratic Capital (as Social Sector Consultant)
Politics of Welfare: Comparisons across Indian States. Louise Tillin, Rajeshwari Deshpande, and K.K. Kailash (eds). Studies in Indian Politics (Dec. 2016). 4(2): 249-250.
A Half-Century of Indian Higher Education: Essays by Philip G Altbach. IIM B Management Review (2013). 25 (4): 257-258.
Comparative Indian legislature project
Disruptions in the Indian parliament
Indian Youth Congress elections
Empirical paper on political representation (with Akram Hossain)
Brown International Advanced Research Institute, 2017
CSDS Lokniti Seminar on Explorations in Indian Democracy, 2017
Azim Premji University International Conference on Regional Political Economy, 2017
ISI Delhi 12th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development, 2016
American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (e-poster), 2016
European Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2016
IIM Bangalore Brown Bag Series, 2016
Azim Premji University (External Speaker Series), 2016
University of Hyderabad (Invited Research Scholar), 2016
Duke University Conference on Frontiers of Political Science, 2015
IIM Bangalore 8th International Conference on Public Policy and Management, 2013