About Shirin M. Rai
Shirin M. Rai is a Professor in the department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Warwick and a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the LSE’s Gender Institute. She has directed a Leverhulme Trust funded programme on Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (2007-2011). Her research interests are in gendered performance and politics, gender and political institutions and gender and the political economy of development. She is the author of The Gender Politics of Development (2008, Zed Books/Zubaan Publishers) and editor of Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (2010).