rains pictureDr. Emily K. Rains 

Assistant Professor

Ph.D.: Duke University
Office: 232 W.C. Stubbs Hall
Phone: 225-578-2141
Email: erains@lsu.edu  



Curriculum Vitae


Area of Interest

Dr. Emily Rains studies Comparative Politics in developing countries. Her research examines urban politics, with an emphasis on how poverty and informality shape political behavior.

Selected Publications 

Rains, Emily. "Negotiating Informality, Negotiating Citizenship: How Neighborhood Characteristics Shape Political Behavior in Urban Slums," presented at American Political Science Association Meeting (2021) and London School of Economics Workshop on Clientelism (2021).

Rains, Emily K., and Erik Wibbels. "Informal Work, Risk and Clientelism: Evidence from 223 Slums Across India." Conditionally accepted at British Journal of Political Science.

Downs-Tepper, Harlan, Anirudh Krishna, and Emily K. Rains. 2021. "A Threat to Life and Livelihoods: Examining the Effects of the First Wave Covid-19 Health and Wellbeing in Bengaluru and Patna Slums." Environment and Urbanism  https://doi.org/10.1177/09562478211048778 .

Rains, Emily K., and Anirudh Krishna. 2020. "Precarious gains: social mobility and volatility in urban slums." World Development  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105001

Rains, Emily K., Anirudh Krishna, and Erik Wibbels. 2018. "Combining Satellite and Survey Data to Study Indian Slums: Evidence on the Range of Conditions and Implications for Urban Policy." Environment and Urbanization 31 (1): 267-292.


POLI 3809 Honors Seminar/Urban Poverty in Developing Countries
POLI 4060 ST: Gender and Development
POLI 7971 ST: Comparative Politics/Clientelism & Corruption


Emily K. Rains, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Duke University, 2021) specializes in comparative politics in the Global South, with a primary focus on India. Her research examines urban politics and policy, and she is particularly interested in how poverty and informality shape policy needs and political behavior for urban citizens. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in a variety of journals, including British Journal of Political Science, World Development, Environment and Urbanization, Journal of Development Studies, and an edited volume published by Oxford University Press.