Varun Piplani

Varun Piplani

Davis-Hodgkins House, Room 201


Major — International Relations

Minor — Research Methods

Varun's dissertation, titled "The Politics of Privatization: Electoral Competition and Public Sector Privatization in India," focuses on the relationship between democracy and privatization in India since 1991. Specifically, his research focuses on the role of India's elections and coalition politics on the way the public sector in India has been privatized through the sale of public sector enterprises, and the use of public-private partnerships in infrastructure development. The project generates a comprehensive, original database of privatization in India, and addresses the contentious debate on the relationship between democracy and development.

Varun’s other research interests include international and comparative political economy, the links between democratization, governance and international development, and the politics of South Asia. He has been published in journals such as the Journal of Conflict Resolution and Turkish Policy Quarterly. 

Current Research

Political Economy of Developing Areas, Southeast Asian Political Economy, Political Economy of Sustainable Development


Ph.D (in progress)       
George Washington University, Political Science, expected Spring 2016

George Washington University, Political Science, May 2012

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, summa cum laude, 2008
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy

Office Hours

 Mondays 9:30-11:00am; Fridays 12:30-1:45pm