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, distributive politics and political participation in South Asia.

I study comparative political economy with a particular interest in the political origins and consequences of social welfare expansion for democratic political participation in the Global South. My dissertation examines the political origins and citizenship impacts of Pakistan’s largest unconditional cash transfer program targeted at low-income women: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). My review article on the politics of social policy expansion in Latin America's new democracies is forthcoming 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 Labour practice, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and USAID.

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