Shivaji Mukherjee

Shivaji Mukherjee

Assistant Professor

Shivaji is 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. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Center for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto.

He works on political violence and conflict in India, and does research on insurgencies in South Asia, particularly focusing on colonial legacies of indirect rule and Maoist insurgency in India. He also have an interest in state formation, legacies of colonial institutions, and other types of political violence in South Asia like the Kashmir insurgency and Hindu-Muslim violence and vigilantism.

He has published a book on Colonial Institutions and Civil War: Indirect Rule and Maoist Insurgency in India (Cambridge University Press, 2021). He has several articles on this topic in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, World Development, Asian Security. He has also published on insurgency and counter insurgency in journals like Civil Wars and Oxford Handbook of South Asian Security.

Ph.D.,M.Phil, Yale
M.A., University of Michigan
M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University
B.A., Hindu College, University of Delhi


“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: 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.


Comparative politics, South Asian politics, and insurgency and civil war