Hello! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi, where I am a tenure-track faculty member of the Social Science Division’s Politics Program. I am also a Research Affiliate with NYU’s Global TIES for Children: Transforming Intervention Effectiveness and Scale and a member of the Empirical Gender Research Network (E-GEN). My work combines extensive field research in South Asia with survey experiments, field experiments, and natural ‘quasi-experiments’ to analyze political, economic and social preferences and behavior.

My research on the political economy of development, gender equality, and the role of legal institutions in altering social conventions has been published in Asian Survey and my book manuscript, Women‘s Representation & Resistance: Positive & Perverse Consequences of Indian Laws for Gender Equality, is under contract at Cambridge University Press. This research focuses on two specific themes: first, I identify political representation’s ability to alter traditional social institutions that constrain gender-equality, and the unintended consequences of gender-equalizing reforms across political, economic, and social domains. Second, I investigate contemporary gender gaps in political and economic domains, with the aim to improve our ability to determine when individuals use political institutions to reduce, versus exacerbate or maintain social and economic inequality. A recent news article about this research can be found here.

I am the recipient of a Marshall Scholarship and Truman Scholarship, and have worked to develop, implement, and analyze randomized field experiments on economic empowerment’s impact in collaboration with MIT’s Poverty Action Lab, the World Bank, and Columbia University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE).

Please feel free to contact me with any questions here. For more details, see my CV and descriptions of my research and teaching experience.


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