Rebecca Samuel Shah

Senior Research Fellow

Ms. Shah is a development economist who divides her time between Washington, D.C., and Bangalore, India. She is a pioneering scholar of the impact of religion on the social and economic lives of the poor in the Global South, and her recent research focuses particularly on the nexus of faith and development among poor women in India and Sri Lanka. A former economist and monitoring and evaluation specialist at the World Bank, she currently serves as principal investigator for the Religion and Economic Empowerment Project (REEP), funded by the Templeton Religion Trust. She is also a senior fellow at the Archbridge Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that conducts multidisciplinary academic and policy research on artificial and natural barriers to social mobility and human flourishing. Among her recent publications are Christianity in India: Conversion, Community Development, and Religious Freedom (Fortress Press, 2018), co-edited with Joel Carpenter; and “Evangelicals in South and Central Asia,” co-authored with Vinay Samuel in the Edinburgh Companion to Global Christianity: South and Central Asia (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).

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