My research investigates causes, consequences, and potential solutions to inter-group inequality, polarization, and conflict, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. A central focus of my research is group identity: how it conditions the treatment of marginalized populations, how it colors peoples’ perceptions and the actions they take, and how distance between groups can be lessened and conflict reduced. I draw on experimental and advanced statistical methods, qualitative fieldwork, and insights from economics and psychology to answer substantive and methodological questions sourced from these interests.
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, Innovations for Poverty Action, 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.