Shivaji Mukherjee

Shivaji Mukherjee

Assistant Professor
Office Location:
MN 5164

Shivaji's research interests lie at the intersection of state formation, civil conflict, and political economy of development. I worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi, and then did an MA in Political Science at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a 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. I am currently working on a book manuscript based on my dissertation research. 

Other than my dissertation research on the Maoists, I have published a paper on why some of the longest insurgencies with low violence occur in medium capacity states against peripheral sons of the soil insurgencies. I hope to work in the future on state formation, the use of different kinds of counter insurgency strategy by the Indian state, and also various aspects of the Maoist insurgency, and other ethnic insurgencies in India.



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