My research is broadly concerned with three questions:
1. How can states with limited institutional capacity better address the demands of vulnerable populations?
2. How do people seeking services decide between state and non-state alternatives?
3. How does social polarization affect political behavior, and how can inter-group polarization be lessened and conflict reduced?
To answer these questions, my research applies a broad range of quantitative methods to studies in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the U.S. My scholarly work has been published in the American Political Science Review and the American Journal of Political Science, among other outlets.
I have been fortunate to receive support from organizations including the Fulbright Program, the National Science Foundation, The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Crime and Violence Initiative, the Public Safety and CESS labs at NYU New York, and the SSEL lab at NYU Abu Dhabi. In 2017, I was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at CESS India.
In my spare time, I enjoy rooting for my hometown team, the Boston Celtics.