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Aditi Malik



Political Science
Africana Studies
Asian Studies
Peace and Conflict Studies 


Assistant Professor 
Ph.D., Northwestern University


Fields: Comparative Politics; African and South Asian Politics 

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Office Phone: 508-793-2516
Office: Fenwick 311
PO Box: 49A


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Holy Cross. My current research examines the relationship between projected party lifespans and elites' incentives to instrumentalize election-related violence. I investigate this question in two developing democracies--Kenya and India--where I have conducted extensive fieldwork. Substantively, I am interested in the study of political parties, political violence, gender politics and sexual violence, and ethnic politics in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. My research on these topics has appeared or is forthcoming in Human Rights Review, Human Rights Quarterly, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, SAGE Research Methods Cases, and Zed Books. I have also conducted policy analysis for the World Bank and the United Nations. 

I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University, my MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and my B.A. in Government and Economics from Franklin & Marshall College. Prior to coming to Holy Cross, I taught at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Africana Research Center at Penn State University. 


  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • African Politics
  • South Asian Politics