Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner

Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies, University of Virginia

Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner is an Associate Professor of Politics & Global Studies at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining UVA, she was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston College. She received a Ph.D. in Political Science and Masters in International Development Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology from Swarthmore College. 

Prof. Kruks-Wisner's research examines local governance and citizenship practice, with a focus on the politics of accountability and welfare provision in India. Her first book, Claiming the State: Active Citizenship & Social Welfare in India (Cambridge University Press), was awarded the Joseph W. Elder Prize for best first book in the Indian Social Sciences by the American Institute for Indian Studies. Her work appears or is forthcoming in the journals Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on Politics, Science, World Development, and World Politics, as well as in a range of media outlets, and has been supported by the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the World Bank Sexual Violence Research Initiative, the MIT GOV/LAB, the American Institute for Indian Studies, the National Science Foundation, the Boren Fellowship, and the Fulbright Program. 

Recent work by Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner