Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner is an Assistant 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 & Regional Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Swarthmore College.
Gabi’s research focuses on citizen-state relations, local governance, and social welfare in developing countries, with a regional focus on India. Her current book project, Active Citizenship: Claim-Making & the Pursuit of Social Welfare in Rural India, asks whether, why, and how marginalized citizens of the world’s largest democracy make claims on the state for essential public services. Other, related research examines the evolution of grassroots politics in rural India, exploring shifting democratic and citizenship practices in the face of political, institutional, and economic change. Her research in India has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the National Science Foundation, and the Boren Fellowship. Gabi has also worked and conducted researched in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa on issues related to economic and social rights, service delivery, disaster risk reduction, environmental sustainability, and local politics.
Beginning Spring 2017, Gabi will be teaching courses on international development, local politics, and state-society relations in the Global Studies Program and Department of Politics.