I am a Researcher on the Civic Integrity Team at Facebook and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India (University of Pennsylvania). Before joining Facebook, I was a Visiting Professor of Comparative Politics at Tulane University and Pitzer College. I received my PhD in political science at Columbia University.
This is the home of my academic research, which focuses on the micro-foundations of clientelism, elections, and distributive politics at the level of rural local governments in India. In a series of related articles, which draw on unique behavioral and experimental measures from cross-referenced elite and voter surveys, I measure the extent to which local leaders can effectively monitor voters’ political preferences and votes, local politicians’ preferences over the beneficiaries of targeted benefits, and the effect of co-partisanship on the allocation of private anti-poverty benefits and local public goods–and its implications for strategic voting. Each of these articles develops a novel survey design for capturing local dynamics observed in fieldwork. I am also completing a collaborative project on the quality of state-run local elections across India.
My research has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, American Political Science Association, and Pitzer College.