I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. My research is motivated by the desire to understand how different forms of group-based inequality — class or status, for instance — shape political behavior and institutions in multi-ethnic countries like India and the United States. I pursue these questions using methods in historical political economy that emphasize causal identification, spatial and survey analysis, and extensive archival research, in order to understand how economic and political actors have shaped institutional design and political coalitions at pivotal moments in history.  You can read my CV here.

Before joining Johns Hopkins University, I completed a PhD in political science at Columbia University. I also hold an MPP in public policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley and a BBA (Hons.) from the National University of Singapore. My papers have been published or are forthcoming at the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, Party Politics, Perspectives on Politics and World Politics. My research has been featured in the New York Times, Le Monde, The Economist, and The Hindu amongst others, and has won discipline-wide awards including the Mancur Olson award for the best dissertation in political economy, the Franklin L. Burdett/Pi Sigma Alpha award for the best paper presented at the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Editorial Best Paper award by Comparative Political Studies and the GESIS-Klingemann award for best paper on electoral politics.

I am an editor and contributor to Broadstreet, an inter-disciplinary academic blog on historical political economy. I also serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Historical Political Economy and as an associate editor of the Comparative Politics Newsletter for the CP section of APSA.

I am currently working on a book manuscript on Hollowing out the State.