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

Anirudh Krishna
Contact Info:
Office Location:  212 Sanford Inst Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 613-7337
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Teaching (Fall 2022):


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

Comparative Politics
Political Institutions
Research Interests: 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?

Areas of Interest:

Poverty dynamics
Inter-generational mobility
Participation in Democracy
Social Capital

Curriculum Vitae
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, vol. 34 no. 1 (April, 2022), pp. 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, vol. 56 no. 11 (November, 2020), pp. 1983-1999, Informa UK Limited [doi]  [abs].
  3. KRISHNA, A, The poorest after the pandemic, Current History, vol. 119 no. 820 (November, 2020), pp. 291-296 [doi] .
  4. Rains, E; Krishna, A, Precarious gains: Social mobility and volatility in urban slums, World Development, vol. 132 (August, 2020) [doi]  [abs].
  5. Tellez, JF; Wibbels, E; Krishna, A, Local Order, Policing, and Bribes, World Politics, vol. 72 no. 3 (January, 2020), pp. 377-410, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]  [abs].