Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner

Gabi Kruks-Wisner

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. She has also worked in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa on issues related to economic and social rights, service delivery, disaster risk reduction, and environmental sustainability.

Gabi’s research is focused on citizenship practice, local governance, welfare provision, and citizen-state relations, with a regional focus on India. Her book, Claiming the State: Active Citizenship & Social Welfare in India (Cambridge University Press, 2018), investigates the conditions under and pathways through which citizens demand welfare provision from the local state, and was awarded the Joseph W. Elder prize in the Indian Social Sciences by the American Institute for Indian Studies. Her research also appears or is forthcoming in World PoliticsPerspectives on Politics, and World Development, as well as a range of news outlets. Her article, “The Pursuit of Social Welfare: Citizen Claim-Making in Rural India (World Politics) was awarded the 2019 Luebbert Article Prize by the Comparative Politics section of the American Political Science Association. Gabi is currently engaged in two major research projects: one investigating citizen-police relations and gendered policing in Madhya Pradesh, India, and the other exploring the practice of citizen journalism as a medium for claim-making in rural communities across northern India.

Gabi’s work has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the National Science Foundation, the Boren Fellowship, the Economic Development and Institutions program (DFID), the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the World Bank Sexual Violence Research Initiative, the MIT GOV/LAB, and the American Institute for Indian Studies.

At UVA, Gabi teaches courses on global development, state-society relations, local politics, and field methods in Department of Politics and the Global Studies Program.

Assistant Professor

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Th 330-430 and by Appointment

Ph.D. in Political Science
Masters in International Development & Regional Planning MIT
B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Swarthmore College.



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