Ajay Verghese is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College. He received his Ph.D. in 2013 from The George Washington University, and was a postdoctoral fellow from 2012-13 at the Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. His research interests include Indian politics, ethnic violence, historical legacies, religion, and methodology. His first book, The Colonial Origins of Ethnic Violence in India, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016, and his articles have been published in Modern Asian Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, Journal of Development Studies, Politics & Society, and Politics and Religion. He received the Ted Jelen Award from the Religion and Politics APSA section, and an honorable mention for the Award for Concept Analysis in Political Science from IPSA. He is currently working on his second project, which examines Hinduism and political behavior in India, which has been funded by the Fulbright Program and the American Institute of Indian Studies.