Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced. I was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and earned my PhD from Harvard University.
I study comparative politics and political economy, with a regional focus on South Asia but also with comparative interests. My projects fall into three broad topics: party organization and paths of democratization; state capacity and bureaucracy; and community organization and civic engagement. They are linked by a focus on understanding organizational capacity and dysfunction and their consequences for long run development. Here are links to my book project, papers, classes, and CV.