Mahesh Acharya
University of Mississippi 


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Mississippi. My research and teaching interests mainly encompass behavioral political science, comparative politics, international relations, and computational social science.

In my research project, I use recent advances in machine learning techniques to understand the personality of global leaders using their linguistic cues from speeches, interviews, and other forms of textual statements. 

In 2022, I was awarded the American Political Science Association's Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants which enabled me to collect new textual datasets on Indian Prime Ministers. 

Previously, over a decade-long journalism career with BBC and Nepal's largest media outlets exposed me to the practicing world of foreign policy, and diplomacy while reporting from Kathmandu, New Delhi, Beijing, and New York.