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Rani D. Mullen's website

Rani D. Mullen is Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary.  She has a M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.  Her research and teaching focus is on democratization and development in South Asia, and democracy and state building in India and Afghanistan in particular.  Rani Mullen worked for the Poverty and Social Policy Department of the World Bank for several years, was a consultant for U.S. Agency for International Development, and a legislative assistant to a member of the German parliament.  Her articles have focused on the linkages between democracy, growth and poverty, the relationship between local governance and social wellbeing, and center-periphery relations in South Asian countries.


Professor Mullen was on leave during 2013-14 on a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Fellowship with affiliation at India's only Afghanistan Studies Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia (university).  

She was on leave 2010-2014 as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, India.  She has received multiple grants from The Asia Foundation to research and direct a program on Indian development cooperation and economic diplomacy to other countries.


Teaching: Introduction ot Comparative Politics, Politics of Developing Countries, South Asian Politics, State Building in Afghanistan.



Recent publications:


BookDecentralization, Local Governance, and Social Wellbeing in India: Do Local Governments Matter? (Routledge, 2011; South Asia paperback reprint 2014, but already available October 2013)


Report on Indian development cooperation:

Indian Development Cooperaton Research (IDCR) at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, Fall 2013.



The New Great Game: A Battle for Access and Influence in the Indo-Pacific.

(Foreign Affairs.  September 29, 2015)


From Beijing to Kabul

(Indian Express, May 22, 2013)


Holding back on soft power

(Indian Express, March 4, 2013)


Golden Promise

(Indian Express, June 25th, 2012)


The Rise of India's Soft Power: It's not just Bollywood and yoga anymore (Foreign Policy, May 8, 2012)


India Flexes Foreign Aid Muscle (Current History, April 2012)   


Advisor on India chapter of report Shifting Paradigm: How the BRICS Are Reshaping Global Health and Development (GHSi, March 2012)


select Media Quotes:


China Daily -- USA (March 10, 2012)


Science News Line (March 2012)


Press News Online (March 2012)


G20 (March 2012)