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Director, Institute for Migration and Refugee Studies (IMRS)​ at Central Michigan University

I am a Professor of Political Science at Central Michigan University. My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations, with specific focus on civil war, forced migration and transitional justice. My work has received several awards, prizes, and funding, including a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), three competitive awards (Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, Regents Graduate Fellowship, and the Clyde E. and Garnet G. Starkey Scholarship Award) and a Popejoy Dissertation Prize from the University of New Mexico, a fully funded Early Career Grant and the Provost's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity at Central Michigan University.

I am currently the advisor for  Amnesty International Chapter at CMU (AI-CMU), Refugee Outreach Collective (ROC@CMU) and coordinator for Global Classroom Program. I served as PSC MA Program Director from 2018 – 2019. 

Adhikari, Prakash and Lisa A Bryan. 2018. “Sampling Hard-to-Locate Populations: Lessons from Sampling Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).” In Atkeson, Lonna and R. Michael Alvarez (ed) The Oxford Handbook on Polling Method and Survey Method. London/New York: Oxford University Press.

Adhikari, Prakash. 2013. “ Conflict-Induced Displacement, Understanding the Causes of Flight.” American Journal of Political Science 57(1): 82-89. 

    Adhikari, Prakash. 2012. “The Plight of the Forgotten Ones: Civil war and Forced Migration.” International Studies Quarterly 56(3): 590-606.​

    • Ph.D., with distinction, Political Science. University of New Mexico (2011)
    • M.A., Political Science. University of New Mexico (2007)
    • M.A., Economics. Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal (1997)
    • B.A., Honors, Economics. North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India (1991

    I study conflict processes from below, and I am interested in understanding how civilians behave when they face armed actors and are forced to make a difficult choice between life and death. My most extensive work to date is focused on forced migration, looking at the causes of conflict-induced displacement with a case study in Nepal. I have published in American Journal of Political Science (AJPS), International Studies Quarterly (ISQ), Journal of Conflict Resolution (JCR), among others. In my current research, I am studying integration of recently resettled refugees into local communities in the United States. At CMU, I regularly teach courses on: 

    • Comparative Politics/International Relations
    • Refugees and Forced Migration
    • Armed Conflicts & Pro-government Militias 
    • Transitional Justice
    • South Asian Politics