Rehan Rafay Jamil

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Brown University. I am a recipient of the USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship for 2020-21. My research interests include the politics of poverty alleviation, social policy expansion and 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 causes and consequences of redistributive social policies for marginalized citizens political participation and access to the state in new democracies . My dissertation examines the political origins and consequences of programmatic social policy expansion 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 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 was a visiting researcher at the Collective for Social Science Research in Karachi (2018-19) 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 generously 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 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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