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Pradeep Chhibber

Current Position

Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley 

Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies

Director, Institute of International Studies

Visiting Faculty, Plaksha Technology Leaders Program


Pradeep Chhibber studies the politics of India, political parties and party systems. His recent research is on the influence of ideology on party system change, religion and politics, elections and parties, and the politics of development in India. Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party System of India co-authored with Rahul Verma was published by Oxford University Press in 2018. The book lays out an ideological framework for understanding party system change in India since 1952. The book also explains the reasons behind the rise of the religious right dominated party system in contemporary India. Religious Practice and Democracy (with Sandeep Shastri) Cambridge University Press (2014) examines the relationship between everyday religious practice and political representation in contemporary India.   


Pradeep K. Chhibber and Rahul Verma. Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Pradeep K. Chhibber with Sandeep Shastri. Religious Practice and Democracy in India. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Pradeep K. Chhibber and Ken Kollman. The Formation of National Party Systems: Federalism and Party Competition in Britain, Canada, India, and the U.S. Princeton University Press, 2004.