Krishna profile

ANIRUDH KRISHNA (PhD in Government, Cornell University 2000; Masters in Economics, Delhi University 1980) is the Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University. His research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness. His most recent book, The Broken Ladder: The Paradox and the Potential of India’s One-Billion (Cambridge University Press and Penguin Random House India), won the A. K. Coomaraswamy Award of the Association for Asian Studies. Krishna has authored or co-authored seven other books, including One Illness Away: Why People Become Poor and How they Escape Poverty, and more than eighty journal articles and book chapters. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Uppsala University, Sweden. Before returning to academia, Krishna spent 14 years managing diverse rural and urban development initiatives for the government of India. He has advised the World Bank, the United Nations, national governments, and non-government organizations. His most recent research on talent ladders is described in this TEDx talk.

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