Emily Rains is a Ph.D. candidate in the joint program between Political Science and Public Policy, specializing in comparative political behavior and urban and local politics in developing countries. Her dissertation draws on multiple quantitative and qualitative methods to examine political behavior in urban informal settlements (or “slums”) in India. She develops a theory grounded in fieldwork to explain how neighborhood variation in physical and political characteristics affect local policy needs, political beliefs and behavior, and how these characteristics ultimately affect development trajectories. She draws on original survey data to empirically validate the testable implications of the theory. Her other peer reviewed work focuses both on how poverty and informality shape political behavior and on developing and employing new methods to study policy challenges associated with informality.
Comparative Politics, Political Behavior, Urbanization and Development, Gender and Development