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Emily Clough

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Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Emily R. Clough is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the International Affairs Program. She studies comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a regional focus on India. Her research and teaching interests focus on public service delivery, state capacity and government performance, civil society, democracy and political accountability, education, bureaucratic behavior and corruption, inequality and distributive politics, the ethics and politics of global philanthropy, and multi-method research design. Past research has focused on food politics, private governance and the ethical certification of global supply chains. Her first book project examines the impact of NGOs on state service provision in India, focusing especially on the education sector. She has published articles on the intellectual history of the civil society concept and its relevance to empirical studies of development, and on the private-sector substitutes for effective state regulatory enforcement in developing countries with weakly enforced labor and environmental regulations. Prior to Northeastern, Professor Clough completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and one year as visiting assistant instructor in Government and Asian Studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University (2017) and a B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College (2003). Between college and graduate school, she spent five years working for the non-profit and social enterprise sectors in the fields of international development, Fair Trade, and conflict resolution.

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  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (2017-18)
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University (2015-16)
  • Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2014-15)
  • Learning Innovator Prize, ABLConnect, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University (2014)
  • Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, Harvard University (2013)
  • Smith-Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship (2013)
  • Derek Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University (Fall 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013)
  • Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Fellowship (2011 and 2012)
  • David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Fellowship (2010)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2003-present)


  • Viterna, Jocelyn, Emily Clough and Killian Clark. 2015. “Reclaiming the ‘Third Sector’ from ‘Civil Society’: A New Agenda for Development Studies.” Sociology of Development 1:1, pp.173-207.
  • Clough, Emily. 2014. “The Politics of Food Labeling and Certification,” Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics, and Society, ed. Ronald Herring. Oxford University Press.


American Political Science Association (APSA)

  • Education

    PhD, Government, 2017, Harvard University

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  • Office Hours

    Fall 2020: by appointment

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