Vatsal Naresh


I am a College Fellow in Social Studies at Harvard University. My research interests span democratic theory, political violence, realism, and constitutionalism in 19th and 20th century South Asian, Afro-modern, and European political thought.

My book project, Democracy’s Violence, presents a new theory of majoritarian domination through an interpretation of Alexis de Tocqueville, W. E. B. Du Bois, B. R. Ambedkar, and Hannah Arendt’s writings on majorities, identities, and collective violence.

Prior publications include Negotiating Democracy and Religious Pluralism: India, Pakistan, and Turkey (OUP 2021) and Constituent Assemblies (CUP 2018).

Before completing my PhD in Political Science at Yale in 2022, I studied History at Delhi University and Political Science at Columbia University; and worked as a graduate researcher at the Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, in New York City.

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