Amy Basu

Academic Year: 
From Yale
Exchange Partners: 
Freie University
Project Title: 
The State Capacity Trap: Explaining Bureaucratic Inertia and Development

Amy Basu is a PhD student in the Political Science department at Yale University. She studied economics and international relations at Colgate University, New York. Her current research focuses on the political economy of state capacity, bureaucracy in mature and emerging economies, and gender representation in advanced democracies. Primarily, she is working on a formal model of bureaucratic capacity development and the relationship between corruption and state capacity, as well as a formal theory of the adoption and implementation of gender quotas. Her past work has explored the impact of land reforms on agricultural modernization in India, the political economy of state repression in the Indian Maoist insurgency, and technology transfers in South Asian textile firms. Before Yale, she worked as a management consultant in the Strategy and Operations division at Deloitte in New York.