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Alyssa Heinze

PhD student
Personal Statement

Alyssa Rene Heinze is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is broadly interested in gender, representation, climate, and the political economy of development. Her current projects are based in India, and focus on the barriers to decision-making influence faced by female politicians, as well as potential avenues to mitigate them. 

Alyssa holds an M.Sc. in Economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a B.A. in Political Science and South Asian Studies from Dartmouth College. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she conducted research as a Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellow at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics in Pune, India, and as a Lombard Fellow directing the implementation of a large-scale survey in rural Maharashtra. She is also the recipient of CLEA and McGorrian Fellowships at the American Institute of Indian Studies in the Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute. Alyssa has worked for the Women’s Economic Empowerment Unit at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., Vera Solutions in Mumbai, India, Chhori (Daughter) in Kathmandu, Nepal, and McKinsey & Company in Boston, MA. 

For more details, see her CV here.

Primary Subfield
Comparative Politics
Secondary Subfield
Methodology & Formal Theory