Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Hall of Government 408
2115 G St. NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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.
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.
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).
Comparative Politics of South Asia
Ethnic Politics and Conflict in South Asia
Advanced Theories of Comparative Politics (PhD)