Nirvikar Jassal


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

Beginning July, I start as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University's King Center on Global Development. I received my PhD from the University of California—Berkeley in 2020. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review and Asian Survey.

I specialize on policing and crime, with a regional focus on South Asia. My research utilizes quasi-experiments, experiments, machine learning and computational text analysis to understand violence against women (VAW), 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 a 2018-19 Minerva Peace & Security Fellowship from 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 UC Berkeley Department of Economics.

Prior to my doctorate, I worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, 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