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Blair Read

Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at MIT. I study public service delivery, state-building, and non-state service delivery in South Asia. My dissertation examines the formation and development of public service sectors, focusing on state decisions to outsource education to non-state actors in India. Other research areas include political behavior in developing contexts, and survey design and measurement.

I am a Graduate Research Fellow at MIT GOV/LAB and a Graduate Research Associate with the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard. My research has been supported by NSF, the Program on Governance and Local Development, MIT GOV/LAB, and the MIT Center for International Studies. I have conducted fieldwork in India (Delhi and Haryana), Pakistan (Punjab), Tanzania, Uganda, Bangladesh, and Indonesia (Java).

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