Graduate Research Fellow
Nina is a PhD candidate in comparative politics at MIT and a Graduate Research Fellow at MIT GOV/LAB. She studies political behavior and government accountability, with a focus on the role of intermediaries and non-state actors. Her dissertation examines on the interface between the state and indigenous or customary institutions in the Philippines, and the effects of state policies recognizing indigenous institutions on political behavior, local government accountability, and public service provision. With MIT GOV/LAB she is currently collaborating with a group of local NGOs in the Philippines on a field experiment to test different approaches to increasing citizen participation and local government responsiveness in the context of a large-scale government anti-poverty program. Other research looks at the effects of humanitarian aid on conflict processes. Nina has also conducted field research in South Sudan, South Africa, and Guatemala. Her research has been supported by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), Making All Voices Count (MAVC) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Governance Initiative.
Update September 2018
Tracking Political Interactions in the Philippines
Political science doctoral candidate Nina McMurry navigates the archipelago, investigating the integration of indigenous communities into the nation's political institutions.
Update May 2018
When Newly Empowered Leaders of the Poor Run in Local Elections
Following up on our Making All Voices Count research, a look at how a newly-trained community leader engaged in recent local elections in the Philippines.
Update January 2018
Cleaning House — Experimental Evidence on Improving Citizen Engagement in the Philippines
High-level findings from our Making All Voices Count research on civic leadership training for the 'poorest of the poor' in the Philippines.
Research Report January 2018
The effect of civic leadership training on citizen engagement and government responsiveness
Making All Voices Count research report on a civic leadership training experiment and political participation in the Philippines.
Research December 2017
Recognition to Representation: Indigenous Participation in the Philippines
How does the legal recognition of traditional institutions affect governance and the functioning of the state?
Update May 2017
Is Civic Tech Fulfilling its Promise?
Report back from #TICTeC 2017, where GOV/LAB presented on a suite of civic technology research projects in collaboration with the Omidyar Network.
Research March 2017
Better together? Examining the effect of civic education for local officials & citizens in the Philippines
Does providing the poor with new civic skills and opportunities to interact with powerful local officials improve accountability?
Research November 2015
Representation or Cooptation? Examining the Effects of Community Leadership Training in the Philippines
Does providing the poor with opportunities to learn new civic skills and interact with powerful local officials and politicians improve their ability to hold the government accountable for public service provision?
Research August 2015
Improving Health Services Through ICT Innovation in Guatemala
Under what conditions do ICT channels for citizen input lead to more government responsiveness and citizen participation among individuals who are relatively marginalized?