Rachel Brulé, Ph.D.


New York University Abu Dhabi

Address: New York University Abu Dhabi

City: Abu Dhabi

Country: United Arab Emirates

About Me:

Rachel Brulé is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at New York University, based in Abu Dhabi and affiliated in anew York City. She will be joining Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies as an Advanced Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy as of summer 2019. She is also a research affiliate with NYU’s Global Ties for Children: Transforming Intervention Effectiveness and Scale and a member of the Empirical Gender Research Network (E-GEN). She specializes in comparative politics with a substantive focus on gender, South Asia, political economy, development, and institutions. Her research combines careful causal identification with innovative theory building about the dynamics of social, economic, and political (in)equality. Her research is accepted for publication and published in the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Politics, Asian Survey, and her book manuscript, titled Women’s Representation and Resistance: Positive and Perverse Consequences of Indian Laws for Gender Equity is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Research Interests


Gender and Politics

Political Economy

Comparative Political Institutions

Experimental Research


ReformsÕ Unintended Consequences

Causal Inference

Institutional Change

Countries of Interest


Sri Lanka



United States