Nirvikar Jassal


Political scientist specializing on policing and crime in the developing world.

Welcome! I am a PhD Candidate at the University of California—Berkeley and a Minerva Peace & Security Fellow at the US Institute of Peace.

I specialize on policing and crime, with a regional focus on South Asia. My work uses quasi-experiments, experiments, and computational text analysis to understand gender violence, hate crime, perceptions of law enforcement, and police accountability. A major component of my research has been the collection of fine-grained data on the criminal justice system in India.

My work has been funded by the US Institute of Peace, the Poverty Action Lab at MIT, the Center for Experimental Social Sciences at Oxford, the Berkeley Institute for International Studies, and the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to graduate school, I worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, and served as an aide in the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

I hold a BA from Columbia (2010) and an MSc from Oxford (2012).

Nirvikar Jassal

210 Barrows Hall, Department of Political Science

University of California, Berkeley

njassal@berkeley.edu