Assistant Professor, Boston University since 2019
Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
Graduate Faculty, Department of Political Science
Core Faculty, Global Development Policy Center
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Economic Development

Assistant Professor, New York University AD 2013 – 2019
Political Science Program, Social Science Division
Global Network (Affiliated) Professor, Politics Department, NYU


Women, Power, and Property: The Paradox of Gender Equality Laws in India 2020. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Gender and Politics Series.

Winner: Gregory Luebbert Prize for the best book in Comparative Politics,
American Political Science Association, 2021.


“Culture, Capital & the Gender Gap in Political Economy Preferences: Evidence from Meghalaya’s Matrilineal Tribes.” (with Nikhar Gaikwad). 2021. Journal of Politics, 83(3).

Winner: Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Best Paper Overall, Midwest Political Science Association, 2017; Kellogg/Notre Dame Award for Best Paper in Comparative Politics, MPSA, 2017.

“Reform, Representation, and Resistance: The Politics of Property Rights’ Enforcement.” 2020. Journal of Politics, 82(4): 1390-1405.

“Women’s Inheritance Rights Reform and the Preference for Sons in India.” (with Sonia Bhalotra and Sanchari Roy). 2020. Journal of Development Economics, 146.


2021 – Gregory Luebbert Prize for the Best Book in Comparative Politics, APSA

2020 – Governance Fellow, Truman Foundation, Washington, DC

2017 – Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the Best Paper Overall, MPSA

2017 – Kellogg/Notre Dame Award for Best Paper in Comparative Politics, MPSA

2003 – Marshall Scholarship

2002 – Truman Scholarship (NY)


2021-22 – National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) & Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “Economic Shocks and Gender” PI, with Akshay Dixit ($20,000)

2021-22 – BU Global Programs & BU Foundation-India, “Do Peer Mentorship Groups Increase the Political Agency of First-time Female Politicians?” PI, with Paro Sen, Simon Chauchard, Bhumi Purohit & Alyssa Heinze ($30,000)

2020-23 – Hewlett Foundation, for support of the Program on Women’s Empowerment (POWER) Research, HCI, GDP Center, BU ($500,000)

2019-21 – CVoter Foundation, Corporate Social Responsibility Grant ($35,000)

2017-2019 – Research & Empirical Analysis of Labor Migration, Gendered Differences in the Causes and Consequences of Migration: Experimental Evidence from India and the United Arab Emirates” (with Nikhar Gaikwad). Granted by Columbia University, INCITE. Declined.


  • Editorial Board Member, Signs, Fall 2020-Present.
  • Executive Board Member, Empirical Gender Research Network, Fall 2019-Present.
  • Visiting Researcher, WZB, “Institutions and Political Inequality” Research Unit, led by Prof. Macartan Humphreys, Summer 2018, 2019, 2021.
  • Research Affiliate, Global TIES for Children, Spring 2015-Present.
  • Working Group Member, Research & Empirical Analysis of Labor Migration, Fall, 2015 – Spring 2018.



  • Comparative Politics Speaker Series, Princeton University
  • Comparative Politics Colloquium, Vanderbilt University
  • Research Workshop in Political Economy, Harvard University
  • Complex Governance Seminar Series, American University
  • Comparative Politics Colloquium, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Empirical Studies on Women, Gender & Conflict, Cornell University
  • Politics of Development, Guest Lecturer for Prof. Nair, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Workshop on Gender and Politics in India, CCI, University of California at Berkeley
  • Institutions & Political Inequality Brownbag Research Seminar, WZB, Berlin


  • Comparative Politics Workshop, Yale University
  • Frontiers in Global Development Seminar Series by the Departments of Politics and Economics & the Batten School of Public Policy, University of Virginia
  • Empirical Gender Research Network (E-GEN), Junior Faculty Workshop, BU
  • Research in Comparative Politics Seminar, Political Science & Pardee School, BU
  • Institute for Economic Development Research Seminar, Boston University
  • Political Science Seminar, Northeastern University
  • Boston-Cambridge South Asia Reading Group Seminar, Harvard University
  • Politics of Development, Guest Lecturer for Prof. Cammet, Harvard University
  • Us & Them: Group Identity & Politics, Guest Lecture, Prof. Haas, Aarhus University


  • Harvard-Brown-MIT Seminar on South Asian Politics, Harvard University
  • Seminar on the Rise of Authoritarian \Strongmen” Figures, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University
  • DC Indian Political Economy Workshop, Carnegie Endowment for Peace & SAIS “Invisible Institutionalism” Book Workshop, Onati, Spain
  • New Directions in Research on Identity and Governance, Monash University-Prato


Amaney Jamal. Dean, Princeton School for Public and International Aff airs. Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics. Professor of Politics and International Affairs. Princeton University. ajamal “at” princeton.edu

Beatriz Magaloni. Professor of Political Science, Political Science Department.
Stanford University. magaloni “at” stanford.edu

James Alt. Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government, Emeritus, Department of
Government. Harvard University. james alt “at” harvard.edu

Saumitra Jha. Associate Professor of Political Economy, Graduate School of Busi-
ness & Professor, by courtesy, Political Science Department. Stanford University.
saumitra “at” stanford.edu