Tanushree Goyal

Assistant Professor
Department of Politics
Princeton University

Curriculum Vitae
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I am an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at the Department of Politics and the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. My research lies at the intersection of Comparative Politics, Gender and Politics, and the Political Economy of Development. I am interested in understanding the cause and consequences of gender inequality, and in analyzing institutional interventions that lower gender inequality. My work leverages a range of research designs and data sources, including natural experiments, large-scale surveys, ethnographic research, and administrative data.

Previously, I was a post-doctoral scholar at the Harvard Academy. I am affiliated as a non-resident visiting fellow with the Center for the Advanced Study of India, UPenn. I completed my PhD in Political Science in 2021 at the University of Oxford, where I was a member of Nuffield College.

Book manuscript

Representation from Below: The Grassroots Origins of Women's Political Power Book conference: Dec 2022 Harvard Academy. [Abstract]


  1. Goyal T. 2024 Local political representation as a pathway to power: A natural experiment in India" American Journal of Political Science 00 1-15. [Abstract] [Awards]  
  2. Goyal T and Sells C. 2023 Descriptive Representation and Party Building: Evidence from Municipal Governments in Brazil" American Political Science Review 0:0 1-16. [Abstract]  
  3. Goyal T. 2023 Representation from Below: How Women’s Grassroots Party Activism Promotes Equal Political Participation" American Political Science Review 0:0 1-16. [Abstract] [Awards] [Media]  
  4. Goyal T. 2024 Do Citizens Enforce Accountability for Public Goods Provision? Evidence from India's Rural Roads Program" Journal of Politics 86:1 97-112. [Abstract] [Media]  

Working Papers

  1. Not my role model: How gender norms overtun symbolic effects [Abstract]  
  2. Is Ethnic Violence Self-Perpetuating? Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Hindu-Muslim Riots in India (with Sam Van Noort) [Abstract]  
  3. Do Voters in Local Elections Prefer Campaign Promises About Attributable Policies? (with Robin Harding) [Abstract]  
  4. Does Local Leadership Lower Bias in Law Enforcement? Evidence from Experiments with India’s Rural Politicians (with Sam Van Noort and Mats Ahrenshop) [Abstract]