Shailendra Kharat teaches Politics at the Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. His doctoral research focuses on post-Mandal OBC politics in Indian states. He has been a member of an editorial board of a reputed Marathi research journal Samaj Prabodhan Patrika. He has published on the topics of Indian politics, caste politics, and state elections in India in Marathi and English.He was a recipient of ICSSR National Doctoral Fellowship. His research interests include local politics, elections, caste identity politics, state politics and state society interactions in India.Inthe CHIEF project, Dr Kharat isa part of core research team on India. In that,he iscoordinating Work Packages on Qualitative Research in Non Formal Educational Settings (WP4)and Qualitative Research in Heritage Sights(WP6).