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 is focused on local governance, citizenship practice, and social welfare provision, examining citizen claim-making practices and the responsiveness of local officials to those claims. A first body of recently completed work (appearing in the journals World Politics and World Development) investigates the conditions under and pathways through which citizens make demands on the local state for essential services. Her book, Claiming the State: Active Citizenship & Social Welfare in Rural India, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018, and was awarded the Joseph W. Elder prize in the Indian Social Sciences by the American Institute for Indian Studies.” A second body of work-in-progress examines strategies to increase official accountability and to mobilize more effective citizen action. Current research includes studies of citizen-police relations, grievance redressal, and citizen journalism in India. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the National Science Foundation, and the Boren Fellowship, and DFID’s Economic Development and Institutions program. Gabi has also worked 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.
At UVA, Gabi teaches courses on development, local politics, and state-society relations in the Global Studies Program and Department of Politics.
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Masters in International Development & Regional Planning MIT
B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Swarthmore College.