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Anirudh Krishna, Edgar T. Thompson Distinguished Professor of Public Policy  

Office Location: 212 Sanford Inst Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-7337
Duke Box: 90245
Email Address: ak30@duke.edu
Web Page: http://sanford.duke.edu/krishna

Areas of Expertise

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

Education:
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2000
M.P.S., Cornell University, 1995
M.A., Delhi School of Economics (India), 1980
B.A., University of Delhi (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?

Teaching (Fall 2022):

  • Pubpol 301.001, Pol analy pub pol making Synopsis
    Sanford 04, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
  • Pubpol 515s.01, Assisting development Synopsis
    Sanford 225, Tu 03:30 PM-06:00 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Downs-Tepper, H; Krishna, A; Rains, E. "A threat to life and livelihoods: examining the effects of the first wave of COVID-19 on health and wellbeing in Bengaluru and Patna slums." Environment and Urbanization 34.1 (April, 2022): 190-208. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Krishna, A; Rains, E; Wibbels, E. "Negotiating Informality– Ambiguity, Intermediation, and a Patchwork of Outcomes in Slums of Bengaluru." The Journal of Development Studies 56.11 (November, 2020): 1983-1999. [doi]  [abs]
  3. KRISHNA, A. "The poorest after the pandemic." Current History 119.820 (November, 2020): 291-296. [doi]
  4. Rains, E; Krishna, A. "Precarious gains: Social mobility and volatility in urban slums." World Development 132 (August, 2020). [doi]  [abs]
  5. Tellez, JF; Wibbels, E; Krishna, A. "Local Order, Policing, and Bribes." World Politics 72.3 (January, 2020): 377-410. [doi]  [abs]

Curriculum Vitae

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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).

Bio/Profile
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