Mary E. Breeding


7505 Alfred Drive Silver Spring, MD 20910

Phone: 202-288-2792

Email: mbreeding@worldbank.org

August 2016


EDUCATION


Ph.D. Political Science, American University, 2008.

Dissertation: Clientelism and Democratic Policy Representation: Evidence from Attitudes in Bangalore, India

Committee Members: Laura I. Langbein, Irfan Nooruddin, Todd Eisenstadt


M.A. Political Science, American University, 2005.


B.A. Economics and Political Science, Hood College, 2003.


SKILLS PROFILE


  • 10 years of experience as an economic research professional with excellent econometric and analytical skills (both quantitative and qualitative)

  • Specializations in Education, political economy of developing countries, labor relations

    and international migration

  • Experience in micro and macro-economic research including original data collection, data analysis, client presentation and report writing in both public and private sectors

  • Extensive knowledge of software packages: STATA, R, SPSS, and NVivo

  • Experience in project planning, client interaction, assigning tasks to team members, tracking the tasks efficiently to closure

  • Regional Specialization in South Asia, with extensive field experience in India, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan


    CURRENT POSITIONS


    The World Bank

    Consultant (2010-Present)


  • Education (GEAK Team), February 2012-Present: Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) on School autonomy and Accountability and Teachers domains. Team Member, working with consultants in over 50 countries to collect data on school autonomy and accountability and teacher policies; providing technical assistance to World Bank country teams and government counterparts, writing country and regional reports, data management; Conducted a portfolio review of teacher policies in World Bank projects for the period 1997- 2012.


  • Education (MENA Team), February 2016-May 2016: Providing technical input and contributing to drafting the roadmap for the education system reform as well as the project concept note for a forthcoming operation in Egypt. This work has included designing, overseeing, and analyzing data collected from a portfolio review as well as outlining research evidence on possible types of interventions to address challenges and constraints found in the Egypt country context.

  • Competitive Industries and Innovation Program (July 2014-February 2015): Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist providing technical support to 12 World Bank country operations with Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and similar competitiveness strategies to generate job growth; Served as the leading data anchor on a large scale global study of Special Economic Zones; leading the design of robust methods for assessing and enhancing data availability, and conducted formal data analysis of institutional, financial, fiscal, country, and other factors that may affect performance of SEZs.


  • Human Development Education (HDNED), October 2013-June 2013: Contributed to the development of diagnostic tools to analyze policy implementation failures in education policy for the Systems Approach for Better Education (SABER) project.


  • Education Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region, August 2013-April 2014: Education Team member for the Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) Project in Cyprus, provided technical assistance to the Government of Cyprus in the area of teacher policy.


  • PREM Public Sector Governance, March 2012-June 2012: Worked on a research paper on natural resource rents and bureaucratic governance (with Stephen Knack).


  • Team member on Afghanistan Country Program Evaluation (IEG), August 2011-March 2012. Evaluated the World Bank’s portfolio in covering the period 2002-2011. Hired and managed a survey team to conduct a beneficiary feedback survey on service delivery. Provided a background paper; traveled on mission; contributed to team discussions.


  • Team member on Liberia Country Program Evaluation (IEG), July 2011-January 2012. Evaluated the World Bank’s capacity building initiatives during the period 2004-2010; provided a background paper; traveled on mission to Liberia; contributed to team discussions.


  • Team member on an evaluation of the World Bank’s Governance and Anti-corruption Strategy (IEG), May 2010-July 2011. Provided two background papers on governance, skills development and education initiatives taken by the World Bank and on Governance and Anti-corruption initiatives in Bangladesh; Data management and analysis of a desk review, which looked extensively at investment climate issues (worked included content analysis consisting of 50 Country Assistance Strategies and 200 Projects); traveled on mission to Bangladesh.


PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, May 2008-May 2010.


Duties included: Post-doctoral Research on lesser-skilled migrants from South Asia to the Persian Gulf, on highly-skilled migrants from India-EU and India-United States; program planning and management; grant-writing and working with grants from the MacArthur Foundation and Alfred

P. Sloan Foundation in the Institute for the Study of International Migration. Taught one course on South Asian Politics. Completed two papers published in academic books and journals.


Visiting Scholar, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India, 2005-2012; in residence November 2011-January 2012, August 2012, December 2011, February-March 2009,

2006-2007 academic year and summer 2005.

Conducted research on urban governance and politics in India.


Election Monitor, Election Commission of India, April-May 2009.


Appointed by the Indian Election Commission as an official monitor for the 2009 parliamentary elections in the state of Karnataka.


Associate, Akshara Foundation—Pratham Books, Bangalore, India, 2005-2008 (with periods in the field between June-July 2005, and May 2006-May 2007.


Ran a field experiment on pilot project to improve child literacy in public elementary schools (READ India); conducted school and household-level surveys on urban governance and education outcomes.


Consultant, American Political Science Association, December 2005-May 2006.


Assessed membership trends for the Association, program planning and management for the 2006 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference,


Consultant, Cummins India Ltd, Pune, India, June-August 2003.


Worked in a team and evaluated how funding provided to NGOs from Cummins’ social responsibility initiative was being used to impact local development projects.


International Relations Exchange Student, Seoul, South Korea, Summer 2002.


Bahrom Institute Program, Seoul Women’s University, Seoul, Korea.


Congressional Staffer, United States House of Representatives, June 2001-January 2002.


GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS


Centre for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar. April 2009.


William E. Miller Fellowship, American Political Science Association. July-December 2007. The Neil and Ann Kerwin Doctoral Dissertation Award, American University. June 2007. Akshara Foundation and General Electric Foundation. September 2005-April 2007.

Sri Ratan Tata Fellowship. May 2006-October 2007.


Amos Perlmutter Endowment, Professional development award. Fall 2005.

PUBLICATIONS


Peer Reviewed


“The Micro-Politics of Vote Banks in Karnataka 1955-2009.” Economic and Political Weekly XLVI (14): 71-77 (April 2011).


“India-Gulf Migration: Corruption and Capacity in Regulating Recruitment Agencies” Global Studies Review (October 2010).


"Vote-Buying: Is it a Threat to Democratic Policy Representation?" PS: Political Science and Politics XL (October 2007), 821.


Book Chapters


“The Micropolitics of Indian Recruitment Agencies: India-Gulf Migration from a local Indian Perspective.” Chapter 14 in S Irudaya Rajan (ed). India Migration Report 2016: Gulf Migration. Routledge (2016).


“Indian Migration and ‘Temporary’ Labor Programs: Select Contrasts in Policies and Trends in the European Union and the United States” in Douglas J. Besharov and Mark H. Lopez (eds) Adjusting to a World in Motion: Trends in Global Migration and Migration Policy. Oxford University Press (2016).


“Migrant Labor and Regional Policy Initiatives: Recruitment Agencies as Information Brokers.” In Migrant Labor in the Persian Gulf. Ed. Mehran Kamrava, New York: Columbia University Press, (2012).


“Civil Society and Foreign Aid in India: An Assessment of USAID Policy Assumptions in India.” In The Role of Public Administration in Alleviating Poverty and Improving Governance, ed. Jak Jabes. New York: Asian Development Bank, (2005).


WORKING PAPERS


“Is the World Bank Responsive to Informal Institutions?” (2012 SSRN Working Paper) “Citizenship and Service Delivery: Bangalore Case Study.” (with Siddharth Swaminathan)

“Primary Education and Electoral Accountability in India‘s Silicon Valley: A Case in which Locally Elected Leaders Become Brokers for Securing School Resources.”


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS


“SABER-Teachers: What Matters Most for Teacher Policies?” (with Halsey Rogers and Andrew Trembley). Conference for Comparative and International Education, 12 March, 2014.


“Is the World Bank Responsive to Informal Institutions?” American Political Science

Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 30 August-2 September, 2012.


“Primary Education and Electoral Accountability in India‘s Silicon Valley: A Case in which

Locally Elected Leaders Become Brokers for Securing School Resources.” Panel: Education in South Asia, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) annual meeting, Washington DC, 3-5 November 2011.


“The Micro-Politics of Vote Banks in Karnataka.” Panel: Politics and Development, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 31 March-3 April 2011.


“Indian Migration and Temporary Labor Programs: Comparing the Costs and Benefits in the United States, United Kingdom and Netherlands.” Panel: Highly-Skilled Migration, APPAM 2010 International Migration Conference, Maastricht, Netherlands, 18-20 February 2010.


“Indian Migration and “Temporary” Labor Programs: Select Contrasts in Policies and Trends in the European Union and the United States.” Panel: India: Responses to New Immigration: The European Union in Comparative Perspective, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Toronto 3-6 September 2009.


“Indian highly-skilled migration to Europe: Comparative Trends with the United States.” IMISCOE Annual Conference in Stockholm, 9–11 September 2009.


“Why Do Political Parties use Material Inducements to Gain Political Support?” Panel: Clientelism, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2-5 April 2009.


“The Changing Politics of Temporary Migration in the United States: Are Non-Immigrant Visas the New Ticket to Legal Permanent Residency?” Panel: International Migration, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2-5 April 2009.


“The Evolution of Indian Migration in the United States: Select Contrasts in Policies and Trends with the European Union.” International Conference on India-EU Labour Mobility Partnerships, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (with Lindsay Lowell).


“Are Temporary Worker Programs Really Temporary? A Review Temporary Worker Programs in the United States.” Panel: Temporary Worker Programs and Labour Rights. 13th International Metropolis Conference, Bonn, Germany, 27-31 October 2008.


“When Machine Party Benefits Influence More than Voter Turnout: The Representational

Effects of Turnout Buying in Bangalore Elections.” Panel: India: Clientelism and Cleavages Compared, 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, 27-31 August 2008.


“Field Research and Non-Government Organizations: To Engage or Not to Engage?” Poster Session, The Society for Political Methodology 25th Annual Summer Meeting, Ann Arbor, 9-13 July 2008.


"The Influence of Clientelism on Policy Representation: Evidence from Bangalore, India." Panel: Participation and Competition in New Democracies, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 3-6 April 2008.

“Clientelist Accountability in Policy Representation: Evidence from India.” Panel: Participation and Competition in New Democracies, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 3-6 April 2008. “ Vote-Buying: A Threat to Dyadic Policy Representation?” Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 10-13 January 2008.


“Vote-buying and Education in India: When Textbooks Buy Political Support.” Panel: Clientelism, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 11-15 April 2007.


“Politics, Representation and Bureaucratic Cohesion in the Public Goods Provision: More Evidence from India,” Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 4-7 January 2007.


“Politics, Representation and Bureaucratic Cohesion in the Public Goods Provision: Evidence from India,” Panel: Clientelism and Social Service Delivery, Midwest Political Science

Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 20-23 April 2006.


“Reconsidering ‘Cultural Institutions’ in Development: A Look at Kinship Networks, the Marriage Market and School Supply Characteristics in Rural India.” Panel: Economic

Development, Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, 4-7 January 2006.


“Kinship Networks and School Supply Characteristics in Rural India: Re-thinking Standard Models of School Enrollment and Attendance.” Panel: Improving Educational Outcomes,

Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17- 19 November 2005.


“The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Performance Measurement.” Track:

International Trends in Public Management Education, Democracy, and Development, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., 13-15 October 2005.


“Using Program Evaluation in Primary Education: A Case from Rural India.” Panel: Teaching

Research by Doing it: Learning What Does and Does Not Work. National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 13-15 October, 2005.


“Critical Transfers: Teaching Approaches in Graduate Political Science.” Track: Research

Methods and Techniques, American Political Science Association Conference on Teaching and Learning, Bethesda, Maryland, 19-21 February 2005.


“Civil Society and Foreign Aid in India: An Assessment of USAID Policy Assumptions in India.” Citizen Empowerment through Participation Workshop, NAPSIPAG Conference Paper, Asian Development Bank and INTAN, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 6-8 December 2004.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE


American University.


Courses Taught: Development and Politics of India and Pakistan (GOVT 596.002, Spring 2012)

— Graduate seminar course


Introduction to Political Research (PS310.001, Spring 2007) — Undergraduate research methods course


Georgetown University,


Courses Taught: Development and Politics of India and Pakistan (INAF 390.01, Fall 2009) — Undergraduate seminar course


Loyola College of Baltimore,


Courses Taught: Introduction to Comparative Politics (PS350, Spring 2006) International Political Economy II (PS375, Spring 2006)

FOREIGN LANGUAGES


German: Professional proficiency with 8 years of formal instruction, including a semester study abroad in Germany (1999) and participation in a one month exchange program (1996).


Kannada: Regional language of South India, conversational skills acquired during private lessons and one year of field research (May 2006-2007).


SKILLS


Research Skills: Program Evaluation, Applied Econometrics, Qualitative Methods, Survey Design.


Specialized Software: Econometric Software: STATA, R, SPSS


Qualitative Software: NVivo


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE


Reviewer. American Political Science Review; American Journal of Political Science; Journal of Politics; Electoral Studies; International Migration; Journal of Political Science Education.


Rapporteur. “Tocqueville and the Life of Democracy in the US and India.” Assisting Ira I. Katznelson and Partha Chatterjee along with 10 other scholars in a series of meetings on comparative democracy between India and the United States. May 2008.

FIELD EXPERIENCE


Countries: India (3 years in country for fieldwork since 2005), Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Liberia, Qatar


INVITED TALKS AND GUEST LECTURES


Outside the US: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India; Asian Development Bank, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India; Metropolis Bonn, Germany.


In the US: Centennial Center, American Political Science Association; Council on Comparative Studies, American University; Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service; Georgia State University.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS


Member, American Political Science Association Member, Midwest Political Science Association Member, The Society for Political Methodology

Member, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management


PERSONAL


American Citizen, Person of Indian Origin (PIO), India


REFERENCES


Available upon Request