Vatsal Naresh

Welcome!

I am a graduate student in Political Science at Yale University. My research focuses on democratic theory, political violence, realism, and constitutionalism in 19th and 20th century European, South Asian, and Afro-modern political thought.

Before coming to Yale, I was a Graduate Researcher at the Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion in New York. I hold an MA in Political Science from Columbia University and a BA in History from the University of Delhi.

Dissertation

Democracy’s Violence examines the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville, W. E. B. Du Bois, B. R. Ambedkar, and Hannah Arendt in order to understand the causes, forms, and consequences of collective violence in modern democracies. Through novel readings and comparisons of these four theorists I develop a theory of democratic violence, and defend democratic sociality, constituted by fraternity, courageous humility, and concerted social action.

Publications

Negotiating Democracy and Religious Pluralism: India, Pakistan, and Turkey (co-edited with Karen Barkey and Sudipta Kaviraj; Oxford University Press 2021). Read the Introduction.

Constituent Assemblies (co-edited with Jon Elster, Roberto Gargarella, and Bjørn Erik Rasch; Cambridge University Press 2018). Read the Introduction.

“Pride and Prejudice in Austin’s cornerstone” in Udit Bhatia (ed.), The Indian Constituent Assembly: Deliberations on Democracy (Routledge 2018). Updated version available upon request.

Works in Progress

 “Attacking Pride in its Last Refuge”: Tocqueville and Ambedkar on the Tyranny of the Permanent Majority

Not in whose name? The Social Psychology of Lynchings

Constitution-making and Violence in India

The Moral Psychology of Whiteness and Courageous Humility in Du Bois

Teaching

Democracy and Race in America: Thinking with Tocqueville and Du Bois. Fall 2021 (in progress). Instructor of Record with Giulia Oskian. Syllabus available upon request.

Introduction to Political Philosophy. Fall 2020.
Head TA and Section Leader for Hélène Landemore. Evaluations available upon request.

Global Constitutionalism. Spring 2020.
Sole TA and Section Leader for Giulia Oskian. Evaluations available upon request.

Introduction to Political Philosophy. Fall 2019.
Head TA and Writing Intensive Section Leader for Hélène Landemore. Evaluations available upon request.

Introduction to Political Philosophy. Fall 2018.
Section Leader for Hélène Landemore. Evaluations available upon request.

Contact

vatsal.naresh@yale.edu

115 Prospect St, PO Box 208301
New Haven, CT 06511