Rikhil R. Bhavnani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a faculty affiliate at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, the Elections Research Center and the Center for South Asia.

Professor Bhavnani’s research and teaching focus on the political economy of migration, the political economy of development, and inequalities in political representation. His research is particularly concerned with causal identification, and is focused on South Asia. Bhavnani is the co-author, with Bethany Lacina, of a book on the backlash against within-country migration across the developing world, forthcoming at Cambridge University PressHis papers have been published or are forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Journal of PoliticsWorld Politics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the British Journal of Political Science and the Economic Journal, among others. 

Prior to starting at UW–Madison, Professor Bhavnani was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. He has worked at the Center for Global Development and the International Monetary Fund, and received a PhD in political science and an MA in economics from Stanford University, and a BA in political science and economics from Yale University.


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Department of Political Science
University of Wisconsin–Madison
110 North Hall, 1050 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706