Mark Schneider completed his doctoral degree in Political Science at Columbia University. His research focuses on elections, local governance, and the political economy of development in India. His work challenges the view that election outcomes in India are broadly distorted by coercive strategies such as vote buying. Following from this, he examines the strategies of voters and local leaders in contexts where elections are free and fair and the consequences of local electoral competition for responsiveness to the poor. This work considers the interaction between village social norms and local elections. Beyond this research, Prof. Schneider conducts research on ethnic politics, electoral integrity, and state capacity.
Before coming to Tulane, Prof. Schneider taught at Pitzer College in California and Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. After living in New York, another great jazz city, he’s looking forward to soak up as much New Orleans music as possible.