Research Interests: Comparative political economy, development, gender, the politics of the welfare state.
My research interests lie at the intersections of comparative political economy, development, gender, and the politics of the welfare state, with a focus in South Asia. I am motivated by questions such as: What are the political consequences of development and development policies? How are minorities democratically represented and where do inequalities in political engagement persist? How are voter demands, particularly of underrepresented populations, translated into policy and governance? What are the implications of fiscal and social policies for issues of distribution? In answering these questions, I utilize mixed methods, including field experiments, primary surveys, and in-depth qualitative fieldwork to identify empirical relationships as well as the underlying causal mechanisms.
I received a Ph.D. in Government at Harvard University in 2017 and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Texas A&M University in 2011.