Ward Berenschot is a postdoctoral researcher at KITLV researching local democracy, clientelism, and identity politics in India and Indonesia. Berenschot studied political science at the University of Amsterdam, where he also obtained his PhD cum laude with a dissertation on Hindu–Muslim violence in India. As a lecturer in conflict studies, he taught courses on political violence, ethnic conflict, and conflict transformation. He has managed a collaborative research project with the UNDP and the World Bank on access to justice in Indonesia, and he has worked with the Open Society Institute as well as Dutch development agencies on civil society building and legal aid. Berenschot is the author of Riot Politics: India’s Hindu–Muslim Violence and the Everyday Mediation of the State (2011) and several other publications on ethnic violence, public service delivery, and access to justice. At KITLV Berenschot also coordinates the KNAW-SPIN research program “From Clients to Citizens? Emerging Citizenship in
Democratizing Indonesia.” His book on Indonesia’s patronage democracy, Democracy for Sale: Clientelism, Elections and
the State in Indonesia (coauthored with Edward Aspinall) will appear in the fall of 2018.