Vatsal is a PhD student in Political Science. His research focuses on democratic theory, political violence, and constitutionalism. Vatsal’s dissertation, “Democracy’s Violence” examines the causes, forms, and consequences of violence in modern democracies through the political thought of Alexis de Tocqueville, W. E. B. Du Bois, B. R. Ambedkar, and Hannah Arendt.
- Negotiating Democracy and Religious Pluralism: India, Pakistan, and Turkey (co-edited with Karen Barkey and Sudipta Kaviraj; Oxford University Press 2021)
- Constituent Assemblies (co-edited with Jon Elster, Roberto Gargarella, and Bjorn Erik Rasch; Cambridge University Press 2018)
- “Pride and Prejudice in Austin’s cornerstone” in Udit Bhatia (ed.), The Indian Constituent Assembly (Routledge 2018). Updated version available by request. Email email@example.com
Fields of Interest: Political Theory