Professor Adam Ziegield

Adam Ziegfeld

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Faculty: Full-Time
Hall of Government 408
Address: Monroe Hall
2115 G St. NW
Washington, District Of Columbia

Areas of Expertise

Political parties, elections, electoral rules, ethnicity, clientelism, politics of South Asia (especially India)

Professor Ziegfeld's teaching and research focus on electoral politics and the politics of South Asia. Prior to coming to GW, he received his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a postdoctoral fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and the University of Chicago. His recent book, Why Regional Parties?, published by Cambridge University Press, explains the tremendous success of India's regional political parties. His other research has appeared in a number of journals including Comparative Politics and Electoral Studies. 

Current Research

Professor Ziegfeld's current research examines a variety of topics related to parties and elections, including dominant political parties, voter turnout, electoral quotas for disadvantaged groups, and the impact of electoral rules. He is working on a book manuscript that looks at the causes and consequences of election alliances in India. 


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009



Why Regional Parties? Clientelism, Elites, and Indian Party System. 2016. New York: Cambridge University Press.

“How Opposition Parties Sustain Single-Party Dominance: Lessons from India.” Party Politics. Forthcoming (with Maya Tudor).

“Who Wins Votes? Candidate Characteristics in Indian Elections.” Asian Survey 55.5 (2015): 1018-1043.

“Socioeconomic Status and Corruption Perceptions around the World.” Research & Politics 2.2 (2015): 1-11 (with Kentaro Maeda).

Classes Taught

Comparative Politics of South Asia

Ethnic Politics and Conflict in South Asia

Advanced Theories of Comparative Politics (PhD)