About Me


Welcome! Starting August 2016, I am an Assistant Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, I was Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC. I obtained by Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at New York University in 2010. I specialize in comparative politics and political economy with an emphasis on India. The substantive questions that drive my research have to do with the political economy of development, democratic accountability and local governance. My book entitled Democratization from Above: The Logic of Local Democracy in the Developing World draws on empirical material from India as well as across the developing world to examine why national or state government elites democratize local institutions in some cases and not others. My ongoing projects use fine-grained data to examine the politics of infrastructure provision in India. Please see my research page for more information.