Nikhar Gaikwad’s research interests span international and comparative political economy, with a focus on the politics of economic policymaking (in particular, trade, migration, and environmental policymaking), business-state relations, and identity. He has a regional specialization in India, which he studies in comparative perspective with Brazil and other democracies.
His work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. His research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, International Growth Center, Tobin Project, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, President's Global Innovation Fund, Evidence in Governance and Politics, and Research and Empirical Analysis of Labor Migration. He has received the David A. Lake Award for the Best Paper presented at the International Political Economy Society Annual Meeting, the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the Best Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, and the Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the Best Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, among other awards.
Prior to joining Columbia University, he was a Fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University. Prior to his Ph.D., he was a Senior Analyst and Research Associate at Cornerstone Research, an economics and finance research firm.