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Anirudh Krishna, Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for International Academic Programs  

Office Location: 212 Sanford Building
Office Phone: (919) 613-7337
Duke Box: 90245
Email Address: ak30@duke.edu
Web Page: http://sanford.duke.edu/krishna
Web Page: http://news.duke.edu/anirudhkrishna/index.html

Areas of Expertise

  • International
    • Democracy
    • International Development
    • Poverty
  • Social Policy, Economic Inequality and Poverty

PhD, Cornell University, 2000
M.P.S., Cornell University, 1995
M.A., Delhi School of Economics, 1980
B.A. (Honors), St. Stephens College, Delhi University, India, 1978

Research Categories: Poverty and Democracy in Developing Countries

Current projects: Beyond Poverty: Prospects for Social Mobility, Connecting Democracy with the People: Institutions in the Middle, Internal Migration: How do People Move from Rural Areas to Cities, and What do they Experience?

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. A. Krishna and K. Ananthpur. "Distance and Diseases: Spatial Health Disparities in Rural India.." Millennial Asia (Inaugural Sage Edition) (January, 2013).
  2. A. Krishna. "The Mixed News on Poverty." Current History (January, 2013).
  3. A. Krishna. "Examining the Structures of Opportunity and Social Mobility in India: Who Becomes an Engineer." Development and Change (forthcoming).
  4. A. Krishna. "Stuck in Place: Investigating Social Mobility in 14 Bangalore Slums.." Journal of Development Studies 49.7 (2013): 1010-28.
  5. A. Krishna. "The Naya Netas: Informal Mediators of Government Services in Rural North India." The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare Provision in the Global South. Ed. Melanie Cammett and Lauren Maclean Cornell University Press, forthcoming

Curriculum Vitae

Poverty; democracy; social mobility; migration; community organization; civil society; public-private partnerships

Anirudh Krishna is a professor of public policy and political science at Duke University. His research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness. His most recent book, One Illness Away: Why People Become Poor and How they Escape Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2010), examines poverty dynamics at the household level, tracking movements into and out of poverty of over 35,000 households in 400 communities of India, Kenya, Uganda, Peru and North Carolina, USA.

Krishna has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. Other books include Poverty, Participation and Democracy: A Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2008); Active Social Capital: Tracing the Roots of Development and Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2002); Changing Policy and Practice From Below: Community Experiences in Poverty Reduction (United Nations Press, 2000); Reasons for Success: Learning From Instructive Experiences in Rural Development (Kumarian Press, 1998), and Reasons for Hope: Instructive Experiences in Rural Development (Kumarian Press, 1997).

Before turning to academia, Krishna worked for 14 years in the Indian Administrative Service, where he managed diverse initiatives related to rural and urban development. He earned a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University (2000) and a master's in economics from the Delhi  School of Economics (1980).

Anirudh Krishna