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Shaan Amin

Ph.D. Student
Comparative Politics
Political Methodology
Research Interests: 
Formal Theory, Ethnicity, Political Economy of Development

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I am a graduate student studying comparative politics. My interests broadly lie with the use of formal theory and causal inference to study how social identities impact Indonesian institutions and elections, as well as immigrant diasporas in the United States. I graduated cum laude from Williams College with a B.A. in Mathematics in 2015.

In my spare time, I enjoy freelance writing. I've written a few times about the nexus of identity, politics, and culture for The Atlantic. My reportage of Nikki Haley's career became the cover story for the August 2018 issue of The Caravan, one of India's most respected long-form narrative journalism magazines. I spoke on The Partially Examined Life podcast about the religious philosophy and socio-political implications of The Bhagavad Gita.

I'm thrilled to have received support from:

  • 2019 NSF GRFP Award
  • 2019 Hawaiʻi/Wisconsin LUCE Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Fellowship
  • 2018-2019 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship
  • 2018 Critical Language Scholarship
  • 2018 Trice Graduate Research Award (Summer Initiative Award)
  • 2017 SEASSI Scholarship