Prof. (Dr.) Subhasish Ray

Associate Professor

B.Sc. Hons (St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata)

M.A.; M.Phil. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

PhD (University of Rochester)

Prof. (Dr.) Subhasish Ray is trained in Political Science and Economics. He received a PhD in Political Science from the Department of Political Science, University of Rochester. He has MA and MPhil degrees in Economics from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to joining JSGP, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Rochester.

Subhasish’s research interests fall in the area of civil conflict, broadly construed. He serves as an editor of the Journal of Genocide Research. His most current line of research examines how a legacy of civil conflict shapes elections, public opinion, and voting. The project utilizes original survey data he collected in the Maoist insurgency-affected Junglemahal region of the state of West Bengal prior to the 2016 state assembly election and the 2019 parliamentary election.

  • Ray, Subhasish. 2020.  ”State-Society Relations in South Asia.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Ed. Sandy Maisel. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Ray, Subhasish. 2020. ”Bureaucracy Unbound? The End of Dominant Party Rule and the Politics-Administration Interface in West Bengal,” India Review, 19(1), 1-32.
  • Ray, Subhasish.  2019. ”History and Ethnic Conflict: Does Pre-Colonial Centralization Matter?”  International Studies Quarterly, 63(2), 417-431.
  • Ray, Subhasish. 2019. ”Does History Play Dice? Navigating Quantitative Historical Legacies Research,” SAGE Research Methods Cases, DOI:
  • Ray, Subhasish. 2018. ”Beyond Divide and Rule: Explaining the link between British Colonialism and Ethnic Violence,” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 24(4): 367-388.
  • Ray, Subhasish. 2018. ”Ethnic Inequality and National Pride,” Political Psychology, 39(2): 263-280.
  • Ray, Subhasish. 2018. ”The Second Dominant Party System and India’s COIN Strategy,” Indian Politics & Policy, 1(1): 131-161.
  • Ray, Subhasish and Mohan J. Dutta. 2018. ”Insecure Peace: Understanding Citizen and Local Government Relations in a Maoist-Affected Region in India,” Critical Asian Studies, 50(1): 37-57.
  • Ray, Subhasish. 2017. ”How Hegemonic Parties Decline: Theory and Evidence from West Bengal,” Economic and Political Weekly, 52(17): 27-32.
  • Ray, Subhasish. 2017. ”Intra-Group Interactions and Inter-Group Violence: Sikh Mobilization during the Partition of India in a Comparative Perspective,” Journal of Genocide Research, 19(3): 382-403.
  • Ray, Subhasish. 2016.  ”Sooner or Later: The Timing of Ethnic Conflict Onsets after Independence,” Journal of Peace Research, 2016, 53(6): 800-814.
  • Ray, Subhasish. 2013.  ”The Non-Martial Origins of the Martial Races: Ethnicity and Military Service in Ex-British Colonies,” Armed Forces & Society, 39(3): 560-575.

“Security Voting in India: Evidence from a Maoist-affected Region.” Article under review.

“Economic Voting in India: Evidence from Kerala and West Bengal,” with Anil Varughese. Article under review.

“Political Campaigning in West Bengal: Violence, Professionalization, and Communalization,” with Suman Nath. Article under review.

“Dominant Party Rule, Development, and the Rise of Hindu Nationalism in West Bengal.” Chapter in Theory, Policy, Practice: Development and Discontents in South Asia. Edited by Suman Nath and Debraj Bhattacharya. Manuscript under review.

“The Evolution of Fear: A Trend Analysis of Elections and Public Opinion in a Maoist-affected Region in India” with Mohan J. Dutta. Article in progress.

“Legacies of Colonial Extra-State Violence in Modern Ethnic Violence.” Article in progress.