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Sociology Research


Rashmi Singh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and a member of St. John's College at the University of Cambridge. Her research is on political recruitment and candidacy and political leadership in party politics, focusing on the contemporary Indian politics. She completed her M.Phil. from Ambedkar University in New Delhi in Gender Studies, and her dissertation was titled 'Women and the Vocation of Politics: the Gendered Nature of Electoral Competition'. Her research work brings together concerns of contemporary academic work on gender politics with political ethnography and questions of power and access in party politics. Previous to this, Rashmi has worked extensively on research projects related to different aspects of urban politics, including urban informal economy and labour affairs and urban political activism.

Research Interests

Rashmi's research work is concerned with issues of power, control and corruption in urban party politics. She is particularly interested in political recruitment and mobility in organisational politics. Her research interests include gender and politics, political sociology, political anthropology and urban politics in South Asia.


Undergraduate Course Supervision:

SOC10: Gender

SOC3: Modern Societies II: Global Social Problems and Dynamics of Resistance

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Desai Manali, and Singh, Rashmi. Forthcoming ‘Chapter 18: Political Parties: Machines Politics and Clientelism’. The New Handbook of Political Sociology, edited by Janoski, Mishra, Mudge and de Leon. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

PhD Supervisor

Research Groups & Affiliations


Job Title:
PhD Candidate, St John's College
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