Book Project

Defenders of the Faith? Why Religious Clerics Mobilize Against Right-Wing Populist (tentative title)

In an era of rising right-wing populists who practice extremist identity politics, I ask why religious clerics vary in their support for such policies. My project examines competing explanations in cases like India, Italy, and the United States.


Rink, Anselm and Kunaal Sharma. 2016. "The Determinants of Religious Radicalization: Evidence from Kenya." Journal of Conflict Resolution. Available online.

Lazarev, Egor and Kunaal Sharma. 2015. "Brother or Burden: An Experiment on Reducing Prejudice Toward Syrian Refugees in Turkey". Political Science Research & Methods. Available online.

R & R

Anselm Rink and Kunaal Sharma. 2018. "The Ethical Underpinnings of Extremism: Experimental Evidence from Kenya." 

Under Review

Kunaal Sharma. "Clerical Persuasion and Religious Extremism: An Experiment Among Sunni and Shia Muslims in Northern India" (Job Market Paper)

Anselm Rink and Kunaal Sharma. ``Source, Content, or Contact? An Experiment on Fostering Tolerance in Nairobi’s Eastleigh District.’’