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Tanu Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University. She completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in May 2020. Kumar has been named a Susan Clarke Young Scholar and won a Best Dissertation Award (Honorable Mention) from APSA’s Urban and Local Politics Section. Kumar studies political, economic, and social behavior in low- and middle-income countries. How do citizens’ material circumstances affect the choices they make and how they interact with each other in society? What are the consequences of emerging global trends to change these fundamentals? Kumar is particularly interested in the effects of policies related to housing and digital technology. You can learn more about her work in The Washington PostThe Times of India, and the Ideas of India podcast.

Organized under the Joint Sem­i­nar on South Asian Pol­i­tics co-sponsored by the Saxena Center for Contemporary South Asia at the Wat­son Insti­tute at Brown Uni­ver­sity, the Weath­er­head Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, and the MIT Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Studies