department of political science
Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner joined Boston College’s Political Science Department in 2013. Prior to joining BC, Gabrielle was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University. She earned her doctorate in Political Science and a Masters in International Development Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.
Gabrielle’s interests lie in comparative politics and the political economy of development. Her research focuses on issues of political participation, local governance, and social welfare in developing countries, with an emphasis on South Asian and Indian politics. Her current book manuscript, Claiming the State: Citizens’ Mobility & Demand for Public Services in Rural India, asks whether and how marginalized citizens of the world’s largest democracy make claims on the state for essential public services. In so doing, the book explores variation in local citizen-state relations and patterns of participation and representation. Other, related research examines the evolution of grassroots politics in rural India, exploring the shifting nature of democratic and citizenship practices in the face of political, institutional, and economic change. Gabrielle’s research has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the National Science Foundation, and the Boren Fellowship.
Gabrielle teaches courses on Indian politics; comparative politics of development; state-society relations; and grassroots politics.
"Unequal Opportunities," Indian Express, February 2015
"A Not So Distant State," Indian Express, January 2014
"Citizen Action in Rural India," India in Transition, July 2012