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).
- Ph.D., Cornell University 2000
- M.A., Delhi School of Economics 1980
- B.A., University of Delhi (India) 1978
Thomas Langford Lecturership Award. Duke University. October 2012
Honorary Doctorate. Uppsala University, Sweden. January 2012
Krishna, A. The Broken Ladder: The Paradox and the Potential of India’s One Billion. Penguin Random House India, April 17, 2017. (Edited Book)
Krishna, A. Active Social Capital Tracing the Roots of Development and Democracy. Columbia University Press, June 19, 2012.
Krishna, A. One Illness Away: Why People Become Poor and How They Escape Poverty. OUP Oxford, August 26, 2010.
Krishna, A. Poverty, Participation, and Democracy A Global Perspective. Cambridge University Press, July 21, 2008.
Uphoff, NT, Esman, MJ, and Krishna, A. Reasons For Success : Learning From Instructive Experiences In Rural Development. 1998.
Krishna, A, Uphoff, NT, and Esman, MJ. Reasons for Hope Instructive Experiences in Rural Development. 1997.
Krishna, A. "Subjective Assessments, Participatory Methods, and Poverty Dynamics." Poverty Dynamics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. May 1, 2009. Full Text
Krishna, A, and Booth, JA. "Conclusion: Implications for policy and research." Poverty, Participation, and Democracy. January 1, 2008. 147-160. Full Text
Krishna, A. "Do poor people care less for democracy? Testing individual-level assumptions with individual-level data from India." Poverty, Participation, and Democracy. January 1, 2008. 65-93. Full Text
Krishna, A. "Politics in the middle: Mediating relationships between the citizens and the state in rural North India." Patrons, Clients, and Policies: Patterns of Democratic Accountability and Political Competition. January 1, 2007. 141-158. Full Text
Krishna, A. "Demonetization in India: One more rock in the river." Current History 116.789 (April 1, 2017): 154-156. (Review)
Krishna, A, and Bajpai, D. "Layers in globalising society and the new middle class in India: Trends, distribution and prospects." Economic and Political Weekly 50.5 (January 31, 2015): 69-77.
Krishna, A. "The urban-rural gap and the dilemma of governance." Current History 114.775 (January 1, 2015): 291-297.
Krishna, A, Sriram, MS, and Prakash, P. "Slum types and adaptation strategies: identifying policy-relevant differences in Bangalore." Environment and Urbanization 26.2 (October 2014): 568-585. Full Text
Krishna, A, and Schober, G. "The Gradient of Governance: Distance and Disengagement in Indian Villages." Journal of Development Studies 50.6 (January 1, 2014): 820-838. Full Text
Krishna, A. "Making it in india examining social mobility in three walks of life." Economic and Political Weekly 48.49 (December 7, 2013): 38-49.
Krishna, A, and Ananthpur, K. "Distance and Diseases: Spatial Health Disparities in Rural India." Millennial Asia (Inaugural Sage Edition) (January 2013). (Academic Article)
Krishna, A. "The mixed news on poverty." Current History 112.750 (2013): 20-25.
Krishna, A. "Examining the Structures of Opportunity and Social Mobility in India: Who Becomes an Engineer? (Submitted)." Development and Change (August 2012). (Academic Article)
Social Networks, Property Rights and Public Services in the Slums of Patna and Jaipur awarded by International Growth Centre (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018
Organizing Voluntary Action in Support of Poverty Reduction awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2002