Sumitra Badrinathan

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I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford's Reuters Institute. I received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2021. My research interests include studying misinformation, media effects and comparative politics, with a regional focus on India.

I use experimental and survey methods to study the relationship between newer forms of social media like WhatsApp and their effect on news, polarization, political participation and quality of democracy.

I hold an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.



University of Pennsylvania
Political Science Department, Office #346
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — 19104

sumitra[at]sas[dot]upenn[dot]edu

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1) Educative Interventions to Combat Misinformation: Evidence From A Field Experiment in India.
Forthcoming, American Political Science Review
Pre-Analysis Plan   Manuscript

2) I Don't Think That's True, Bro! An Experiment on Fact-checking Misinformation in India.
With Simon Chauchard and D.J. Flynn
Under review.
Pre-Analysis Plan   Manuscript

3) Partisan Disagreement: The Role of Media, Personal Networks and Gender in Forming Political Preferences.
With Neelanjan Sircar and Devesh Kapur and Deepaboli Chatterjee
Under review.

4) Conspiracy Theories and Miracle Cures: Fighting COVID-19 Misinformation in India
With Simon Chauchard
Pre-Analysis Plan

5) How Will Indian Americans Vote? Results From the 2020 Indian American Attitudes Survey
With Milan Vaishnav and Devesh Kapur
Washington Post Oped   New York Times coverage

6) How Do Indian Americans View India? Results From the 2020 Indian American Attitudes Survey
With Milan Vaishnav and Devesh Kapur
Report   Hindustan Times Oped   Reuters coverage

7) Media, Trust, and Partisanship in India: Evidence from Survey Experiments
In progress.

8) Who Believes Misinformation? A Profile of Vulnerability to False News in India.
With Simon Chauchard
In progress.






Political Change in the Third World (PSCI 116)
Teaching Assistant. Instructor: Professor Rudy Sil

Statistics for Political Science (PSCI 338)
Teaching Assistant. Instructor: Professor Marc Meredith
Lab R code is available in this repository.

International Human Rights (PSCI 258)
Teaching Assistant. Instructor: Professor Eileen Doherty-Sil

Introduction to American Politics (PSCI 130)
Teaching Assistant. Instructor: Professor Marc Meredith


Teaching Awards
Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students, University of Pennsylvania (2019)

Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students, University of Pennsylvania (2019)