The Institutionalized Ethnicity project is a scholarly research project that seeks to understand the extent to which official state institutions make use of ethnic categories (race, language, religion, caste, indigenous). We are documenting patterns of  institutionalization across countries, regions, and over-time; and we are investigating the causes and consequences of categorization. For example, does ethnic enumeration increase the likelihood of violence?

On this website, we will share papers and data related to this project. We invite other scholars to comment on our data and analyses, and to provide documented corrections and additions. Pending our approval of such revisions, we will update the website and credit contributors. 

Evan S. Lieberman (MIT) and Prerna Singh (Brown) are the principal investigators for this project.