I am a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. I will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Stanford University in 2019. 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.
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.
My book project seeks to better understand why women in India are particularly disengaged from politics and to identify the mechanisms through which the prevailing gender gap in political participation is reduced. In doing so, I evaluate the mechanisms by which the state is strengthened through increased political integration of women in India by detailing the oft-unconsidered consequences of development interventions for political behavior and local politics. Additionally my book project evaluates how women who have become active political agents organize politically and are received and resisted by traditional political networks.
University of Oxford