Simon Chauchard is a Lecturer in Discipline in Comparative Politics at the School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University. His research focuses on ethnic politics, voting behaviour, political representation and politicians-citizens relations in India. Recent works have appeared in Political Opinion Quarterly, the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and Asian Survey. His book, titled Why Representation Matters: The Meaning of Ethnic Quotas in Rural India (Cambridge University Press), combines qualitative work and a series of innovative surveys to explore the impact of caste-based reservation policies on everyday inter-group relations in India’s villages. Ongoing projects rely on qualitative, quantitative and experimental methodologies to explore political brokerage and the role that money and other forms of influence play in Indian elections.