Benjamin Pasquale is an independent researcher. Ben received his Ph.D. in Politics from New York University in 2015. Ben was the Hayward R. Alker Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies at University of Southern California, also in 2015. Ben’s research, which has been supported by a National Science Foundation grant, focuses on the intersection of political violence, economic development and minority representation, with a regional focus on South Asia. This research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science and the American Political Science Review.