Understanding Untouchability: An Examination of 1,589 Gujarati Villages


Location: Hesburgh Center Auditorium

Christian Davenport, professor of peace studies, political science, and sociology; Kroc Institute; University of Notre Dame

Caste discrimination has been around for about 3,000 years and directly victimizes 160 million people. But very little is known about it and why it varies in intensity and scope. Davenport will present results from a five-year investigation of untouchability—one of the largest systematic analyses of the topic—conducted by researchers and human rights organizations and advocates in India and the U.S. The project offers a new way to study untouchability and discrimination, providing insights into how this problem can be eliminated.

Christian Davenport’s research interests include political conflict, from genocide to domestic spying, measurement, and racism. His publications include State Repression and the Domestic Democratic Peace; Media Bias, Perspective, and State Repression: The Black Panther Party; Repression and Mobilization; and Paths to State Repression: Human Rights Violations and Contentious Politics. He directs multiple research projects, including the Radical Information Project and Stop Our States.

This event is free and open to the public.