Kiran Arabaghatta Basavaraj

Kiran Arabaghatta Basavaraj



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Research Centre/Unit: Q-Step Centre

I'm a (1+3) ESRC funded PhD Candidate associated with Exeter Q-Step Centre. My research interests are in the areas of computational methods, political communication, misinformation, campaigns, experiments, Indian politics, social media, natural language processing, machine learning, political ads, media effects.

I am a Electoral Integrity Fellow for 2021-22 studying “Misinformation, Campaigning and Perceptions of Electoral Integrity in India”.


Co-Investigator: India Election Studies Project.

Co-Investigator: Social Science One Facebook data grant to study Political Communication.

Recent publications

Arabaghatta Basavaraj, Kiran, Pahi Saikia, Anil Varughese, Holli A. Semetko, and Anup Kumar. 2021. "The COVID-19{Social Identity{Digital Media Nexus in India: Polarization and Blame." Political Psychology 42 (5): 827-44.


Master of Research in Advanced Quantitative Methods (MRes AQM) from University of Exeter

Master of Public Policy (MPP) from National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, India

Bachelor of Engineering (B. E.) from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Bengaluru, India