Sanjay Kumar


Sanjay Kumar is Professor and currently the Director at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. He is also the Co-Director of Lokniti, a Research Programme of the CSDS. His recently published books include an edited volume Indian Youth and Electoral Politics: An Emerging Engagement, Changing Electoral Politics in Delhi: From Caste to Class and (with Praveen Rai) Measuring Voting Behaviour in India. His other publications include: (With Christophe Jaffrelot) Rise of the Plebeians? The Changing Face of Indian Legislative Assemblies and (with Peter R de Souza and Sandeep Shastri) Indian Youth in a Transforming World: Attitudes and Perceptions. He has contributed chapters for several edited volumes, written various research reports, published articles in both international and national research journals and writes regularly for popular newspapers.

As an expert in Survey Research, he has directed various National and State level studies conducted by the CSDS, which includes, the National Election Studies, (NES) 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014, various round of bi-annual ‘State of the Nation Survey’ and various State level studies.

While his core area of research is Electoral politics, by using survey method as a research tool, he has also been engaged in survey based studies on Indian Youth, State of Democracy in South Asia, State of Slums of Delhi, State of Indian Farmers and Issues of Electoral Violence.

Email: director(at), sanjay(at)

Publications (Click to Read)

The Damned Science of Psephology

Do surveys influence results?

Health Insurance as a Tool of Electoral Tactical Redistribution in Tamil Nadu, India

Interpreting the electoral verdict of 2014 Lok Sabha Elections in India

List of Publications