Francesca R. Jensenius

Research Professor

Francesca R. Jensenius is Research Professor (part time) at NUPI and Professor at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Oslo. She specializes in comparative politics, comparative political economy, and research methods, with a regional focus on South Asia.

Her main research interest is how electoral dynamics and institutional design affect different types of inequality in societies. She pursues her research through a multi-method approach, combining large-scale data collection and analysis with extensive field work.

Several of Jensenius' publications are about state approaches to empowering minorities and women, in India and elsewhere. In the book Social Justice through Inclusion: The Consequences of Electoral Quotas in India (OUP 2017), she explored the long-term effects of electoral quotas for the Scheduled Castes (the former "untouchables"). In addition, she has published on, among other things, the political inclusion of women in Indian politics, the link between the organizational features of political parties and electoral outcomes, and how electoral incentives affect local-level development patterns. 

Jensenius is currently working on the relationship between political institutions, electoral dynamics, and local-level development patterns in India, as well as a comparative project about how legal regimes and legal changes across the world affect women and other marginalized communities.  

Jensenius was the Nils Klim Prize laureate of 2018, and was awarded the Christian Michelsen Prize for outstanding development research in 2016.

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