Rehan Rafay Jamil

I am an incoming postdoctoral fellow in Public Policy and Administration at the Department of Government at the London School of Economics (LSE). My research interests include the politics of poverty alleviation, social policy expansion, citizen participation and political accountability in low and middle-income countries in the Global South.

I study comparative political economy with a particular interest in the causes and consequences of redistributive social policies for marginalized political participation and access to the state in new democracies . My book project examines the political origins and consequences of programmatic social policy expansion in transitional democracies by studying the impacts of Pakistan’s largest cash transfer program targeted exclusively at low-income women: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). A related strand of my research examines social policy in new democracies in the Global South in comparative perspective. My review article on the politics of social policy expansion in Latin America's new democracies has been published in Comparative Politics.

I am a fellow at the Mahbub Ul Haq Research Center at LUMS. I was a recipient of the USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship (2020-21) and a fellow in the Graduate Program in Development (GPD) at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. My research has been supported by the Brown Global Mobility Fellowship, the Pembroke Center, the Center for Contemporary South Asia and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS).

I have completed my PhD in Political Science at Brown University and a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. I have previous policy experience consulting with the World Bank's Social Protection and Labor Practice, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and USAID.

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