Political Science / Ph.D. Candidate
Prakhar Sharma is a
PhD Candidate in political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and
Public Affairs, Syracuse University. He manages the Political Violence
FieldLab at Yale University http://www.thefieldlaboratory.org/.
Prakhar studies civil
wars from a comparative perspective. His dissertation focuses on explaining the
heterogeneity of preferences among civilians regarding service provision in a
civil war context, with Afghanistan serving as a principal case.
consulted with the World Bank and the UNICEF on public service provision in
Afghanistan. He has also worked with academic institutions such as Yale
University and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore) on
understanding micro-level patterns of violence in civil wars. Prakhar has
managed several large-scale impact evaluations and randomized controlled
experiments to study inter-ethnic cooperation in civil wars; blame attribution
dynamics; and the relationship between vocational training and support for
insurgency in Afghanistan. He was a visiting fellow at the United Nations
University in Tokyo (2006) and at the Stimson Center in Washington DC (2009).
In addition to his doctoral training in political
science, Prakhar has graduate training in Public Policy from the
National University of Singapore (2007) and in Business Administration from the
Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines (2003).