Welcome!

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University. I received my PhD from the Politics Department at New York University in 2020.

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.

My research has also appeared in The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post and Ideas for India (in English and Hindi). You can hear me discuss some of my work here and here.

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.