Brian Turnbull

Political Science Graduate Student
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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​Brian recently returned from conducting fieldwork in India on a Fulbright fellowship. His research focuses on the politics of under-represented groups in South Asia, contributing to our understanding of the interaction between gender and electoral institutions. He is finalizing his dissertation project to be defended in the spring of 2018 at the University of Kansas. Titled, “Engendering Representation? Linking Descriptive and Substantive Representation in India”, it is based on qualitative interviews with city councilors in Jaipur, India and explores the challenges to establishing substantive representation for women within a patriarchal society. He can teach a wide range of courses in Comparative Politics, from introductory level surveys to advanced level classes on democratic institutions, under-represented groups, and South Asian international and domestic politics. He received his MA in security studies from Georgetown University in 2011, with specialization in intelligence and Central Asia.

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