About

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, democratization and citizen participation in South Asia.

I study comparative political economy with a particular interest in the political origins and consequences of redistributive social policies for political participation and accountability in new democracies in the Global South. My dissertation examines the political origins and citizenship impacts of Pakistan’s largest cash transfer program targeted exclusively 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 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.

Please feel free to contact me via email at: rehan_jamil@brown.edu