Nikhar Gaikwad

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science
Columbia University
420 W 118 St, Mail Code 3320
New York, NY 10025


Nikhar Gaikwad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He specializes in international and comparative political economy, with a focus on the politics of economic policymaking, business-state relations, and identity. Substantively, he works on trade, migration, and climate policymaking. He has a regional specialization in India, which he studies in comparative perspective with other democratic emerging economies. Prior to joining Columbia University, he was a Fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. He received his PhD in Political Science from Yale University. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, World Politics, and Perspectives on Politics.