Mary Breeding


I am a Consultant at the World Bank, and I teach a South Asia politics course at American University. I am broadly interested in the performance of democratic institutions in developing countries.

My ongoing academic research seeks to understand how informal institutions—vote banks, patron-client linkages, social norms, customs, and ethnic politics—influence both democratic institutions and economic development outcomes in low-income and middle-income countries.

Prior to becoming a Consultant, I was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (2008-2010) and a Warren E. Miller Fellow at the American Political Science Association (2007-2008). I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from American University in 2008. I have also been a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Economic and Social Change (ISEC) in Bangalore, India since 2005.

Specialization: Politics of Developing Democracies, South Asia, Program Evaluation

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