Tariq Thachil is the Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), Associate Professor of Political Science at Penn, and the Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India.
Prior to arriving at Penn, Professor Thachil was an Associate Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, and before that was Peter Strauss Family Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University (2003), and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University (2009).
His current research focuses on the political consequences of urbanization in India. An article from this project received the 2018 Heinz I. Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review. He writes regularly for press outlets in India, including Indian Express and Hindustan Times.