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My research began in Sénégal, where I studied the roots of economic growth and stagnation across sub-Saharan Africa as an undergraduate student at Mount Holyoke College, during 2001 – 2002. Between 2003-2006, I worked to design, implement and assess efforts to provide development assistance amidst conflict in Afghanistan (with the US Department of Defense’s Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict Unit, as a Truman Scholar), Sri Lanka (with the Colombo-based Consortium for Humanitarian Agencies and the Brookings Institute, as a part of Masters research at Oxford University), and in Sierra Leone (with CARE/UK as a part of Masters research at the London School of Economics). My current research is informed by nearly 3 years of experience in north and south India, including 2 years of field research split between rural Andhra Pradesh and Delhi’s National Council for Applied Economic Research, and professional experience designing and implementing randomized evaluations of programs aimed at reducing poverty and inequality with MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and the World Bank. I am now glad to be working at NYU Abu Dhabi as an Assistant Professor of Political Science, where I am affiliated with NYU’s Global TIES for Children: Transforming Intervention Effectiveness and Scale. I also work to design and implement policy-relevant research that seeks to improve the design, implementation, and impact analysis of interventions aiming to reduce social, political, and economic inequality, in part via my membership in the Empirical Gender Research Network (E-GEN) and the interdisciplinary working group for Research & Empirical Analysis of Labor Migration (REALM).
I am a recipient of the Truman Scholarship (NY, 2002), the Marshall Scholarship (2003), a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (2007/8), a Doctoral Fellowship from the National Council for Applied Economic Research (2010/11), and Doctoral Student Research Grants from Stanford’s Center for South Asia (2008, 2012).
Recently, my co-authored work with Nikhar Gaikwad (“Culture, Capital & the Gender Gap in Political Economy Preferences: Evidence from Meghalaya’s Tribes”) has been awarded the Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Best Paper Overall and the Kellogg/Notre Dame Award for Best Paper in Comparative Politics presented at the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual 2017 meeting.
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