Shirin M. Rai is Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies in the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. She is the Director of Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development (WICID). She has written extensively on issues of gender, governance and development and gender and political institutions. Her current work has three strands: 1) feminist international political economy: see her work on depletion through social reproduction (IfJP, 2014) where she analyses the costs of doing social reproductive work, how this might be measured and transformed. 2) Gender and political institutions: see Performing Representation: Women Members in the Indian Parliament (with Carole Spary, OUP) and 3) politics and performance: see the edited collections on performance and/or politics – OUP Handbook of Politics and Performance, The Grammar of Politics and Performance (eds. with Janelle Reinelt, Routledge, 2015) and Democracy in Practice: Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (ed. Palgrave, 2014) where she explores how performance in and of institutional and informal politics are co-constitutive.