Research

Primary field: Comparative Politics, Gender, South Asia
Secondary fields: Political Economy, Representation, Institutions, Development, Migration

 

BOOK
Women, Power, and Property: The Paradox of Gender Equality Laws in India. 2020. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Gender and Politics Series. [Purchase here with 20% discount using the code BRULE2020]

 

PUBLICATIONS: PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES
Reform, Representation and Resistance: The Politics of Property Rights’ Enforcement.” 2020. Journal of Politics, Vol. 82(4). Available at:  https://doi.org/10.1086/708645

Culture, Capital & the Gender Gap in Political Economy Preferences: Evidence from Meghalaya’s Tribes” (with Nikhar Gaikwad). 2021. The Journal of Politics, Vol. 83(3). Open access at: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/711176  

  • 2017. Winner, Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)’s Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Best Paper Overall, Presented at the MPSA Annual Conference, April 2017
  • 2017. Winner, Midwest Political Science Association’s Kellogg/Notre Dame Award for Best Paper in Comparative Politics, Presented at the MPSA Annual Conference, April 2017

Women’s Inheritance Rights Reform and the Preference for Sons in India” (with Sanchari Roy and Sonia Bhalotra). 2018. Journal of Development Economics. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2018.08.001

Accounting for Accountability: Local Government and Social Equity in India.” 2015. Asian Survey, Vol. 55(5), Special Edition on State Capacity in India

 
WORKING PAPERS

“Is Representation in Two Dimensions Better than One? The Political Economy of Gender & Caste in Contemporary India” (with Aliz Tóth). Working paper available upon request.

“More Than Just Proxy Power: The Determinants of Decision-making Influence Among India’s Local-level Representatives” (with Simon Chauchard and Alyssa Heinze). Pre-Analysis Plan available upon request.

“Covid, Climate Shocks, & Women’s Economic Engagement: Experimental Evidence on Crisis-Induced Coordination in Bangladesh” (with Akshay Dixit). Pre-Analysis Plan available upon request.

“Women’s Inheritance Rights Reform and the Preference for Sons in India” (with Sanchari Roy and Sonia Bhalotra). 2017. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11239.

“Land Rights Without Law: Property Rights Institutions, Growth, & Development in India.” 2009. CDDRL Working Paper Number 98, Stanford University.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS & OTHER PUBLICATIONS

“G-local Women Power: Local Female Representation & Property Rights in India.” Forthcoming (December 2020). Chapter in Invisible Institutionalisms: Collective Reflections on the Shadows of Legal Globalization. Swethaa Ballakrishnen and Sara Dezalay, Editors. London: Hart.

“Land Rights Without Law: Property Rights Institutions, Growth, & Development in India,” in Law and Economy in India, T. Heller & E. Jensen, Eds. Forthcoming. Oxford University Press India.

Audacious Institutions: Negotiating land tenure in pre-conflict Sri Lanka,” Putting Land First? Exploring the Links Between Land & Poverty. Conference Proceedings: 6th Annual Symposium on Land & Poverty in Sri Lanka. 2006. Centre for Poverty Analysis, Colombo

 
 
RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

“More Than Just Proxy Power: The Determinants of Decision-making Influence Among India’s Local-level Representatives” (with Simon Chauchard and Alyssa Heinze)

“Climate Shocks: Drought & Gendered Demands for Redistribution in Rural Bangladesh” (Field research \& subsequent survey pilot paused due to Covid-19). Remote research proceeding as follows:

  • “Climate Shocks, Covid-19 & Gendered Political Transformation: How Crisis Alters Women’s Political Representation.” Abstract available upon request.
  • “Covid, Climate Shocks, & Women’s Economic Engagement: Experimental Evidence on Crisis-Induced Coordination in Bangladesh” (with Akshay Dixit). Pre-Analysis Plan available upon request.
“Do Peer Mentorship Groups Increase the Political Agency of First-time Female Politicians?” (with Bhumi Purohit, Simon Chauchard, & Alyssa Heinze)