Control over family wealth among Meghalaya women increases political activity, study finds

May 24, 2021, The Print: Researchers from Boston and Columbia universities studied Meghalaya’s matrilineal tribes to find that […]

Why do we need Inclusive Institutions?

May 20, 2021, Open Access Government: Assistant Professor Rachel Brulé, Global Development Policy at Boston University, says that COVID exposed existing inequalities and explains why gender inclusive institutions can help.

A Revolution in Local Politics

January 22, 2021, India Development Review: The changing landscape of women’s political representation, and its intersections with caste, property rights, and patriarchy.

How Recognizing Diversity Increases Social Equality

January 21, 2021, Diversity, Violence and Recognition: As we have presented Diversity, Violence, and Recognition, with an optimistic take on the promise of recognizing ethnic groups on peace and prosperity, audiences have asked about the prospects for gender-based recognition — a topic we do not cover in our study. But, we knew just where to turn. Rachel Brulé, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy at Boston University, recently published an exciting new book, at the top of our reading lists, addressing related questions: Women, Power, and Property: The Paradox of Gender Equality Laws in India

Rachel Brulé: Political Equality and “Strongman Politics” in India

September 26, 2019, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University Interview: Around the world, numerous nations have witnessed a resurgence of strongman politics — and with it, many governments are beginning to bypass democratic norms and embrace more populist ideals. We spoke with Rachel Brulé […]

Study blames Indian inheritance law reforms for spike in female foeticide

February 23, 2019, Business Standard: The findings are supported by the Economic Survey 2017-18, which found an estimated 63 million women–roughly the population of the United Kingdom–‘missing’ in India

Reforms Of India’s Inheritance Laws Inadvertently Increased Female Foeticide And Deaths In Infancy

February 22, 2019, IndiaSpend: Reforms over 20 years to India’s discriminatory and anti-women inheritance laws, which could have helped raise women’s socio-economic status, appear to have failed to mitigate society’s long-held preference for sons, according to a new study […]

Reform, Representation, and Resistance: The Politics of Property Rights’ Enforcement in India

January 28, 2019, India in Transition, CASI, University of Pennsylvania: Quotas for women in government have swept the world as a revolutionary tool to further female political inclusion. India is both the source of much evidence and contestation on quotas’ impact, particularly in economic domains. When do quotas ultimately benefit those they are meant to empower—women—in the crucial domain of land inheritance rights?

Women’s inheritance rights and son preference in India

October 29, 2018, Ideas for India: An important driver of India’s unnaturally male-biased population sex ratio is the desire among Indian parents to have sons. This article investigates the extent to which this desire is driven by the stronger economic position of sons, particularly their greater command over ancestral property vis-à-vis daughters. It finds that equalising the inheritance rights of women and men led to increases in female foeticide, indicating that social norms were at odds with the legal reform.

Resistance: Parental Care & Backlash

Spring 2018, Centre for Advanced Study of India on Soundcloud: “The Long Arm of Resistance: Gender-Equalizing Reform and Parental Care” featuring Rachel Brulé (Assistant Professor of Political Science, New York University Abu Dhabi) in conversation with Bilal Baloch (CASI Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Are Women in India Hampered by ‘Hindu Rate’ of Gender Discrimination?

February 19, 2018, The Wire: The plight of women in the country has its roots in Hindu traditions, and a Reformation may be needed to fix it.