Francesca R. Jensenius

Senior research fellow

Francesca R. Jensenius specializes in comparative politics, comparative political economy and research methods, with a regional focus on South Asia and Latin America.

Her main research interest is how electoral dynamics and institutional design affect different types of inequality in society. This she pursues through a multi-method approach, combining large-scale data collection and analysis with extensive field work.

Jensenius is currently working on the relationship between electoral outcomes and how politicians choose to allocate funds in India, as well as a comparative project about how laws across the world differentially affect the political agency and socio-economic development of women and other marginalized groups. She is the author of the book Social Justice through Inclusion: The Consequences of Electoral Quotas in India (forthcoming with Oxford University Press). She has also published on the political inclusion of minority groups and women in Indian politics, the link between the organizational features of political parties and electoral outcomes, and how electoral incentives affect local-level development patterns.

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