I am an Associate Professor in the Government Department at William & Mary. In Fall 2019, I was a Visiting Associate Research Scholar at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University.

Before starting at William & Mary, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Governance at the Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University. I specialize in political economy of development with an emphasis on political violence, governance and energy access. I have a PhD in Political Science from New York University, and a Masters in International Relations from the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

I will be on leave during the academic year 2023-24, and will be an Academic Fellow at Singapore Management University during this time.

Selected Publications

• "The Political Violence Cycle," American Political Science Review 111,2 (2017): 237-255
(with Andrew Little)
Paper, Appendix, Replication

• "Getting Rich Too Fast? Voters' Reactions to Politicians' Wealth Accumulation," The Journal of Politics 81,4 (2019): 1197-1209
(with Simon Chauchard and Marko Klašnja)
Paper, Appendix, Replication
Featured in: Ideas for India (English, Hindi)

• "Queens," Journal of Political Economy, 128:7 (2020) 2579-2652
(with Oeindrila Dube)
Paper, Appendix
Featured in: Economist, Atlantic, Econimate Video, NY Mag, Marginal Revolution, PS Mag, Chris Blattman's Blog, Vox, The Australian, Live Mint, Gov Exec, Women in the World , The Times UK, Ancient Origins, Nczas

• "Does Basic Energy Access Generate Socioeconomic Benefits? A Field Experiment with Off-grid Solar Power in India," Science Advances 3,5 (2017): e1602153
(with Michaël Aklin, Patrick Bayer and Johannes Urpelainen)
Paper, Replication
Featured in: Economist, Reuters, Economic Times, Business Standard, Sci Dev, Mashable/Yahoo

Full list of publications


• Politics of Inequality (last offered Fall 2022)
• GIS for Social Science/Public Policy (last offered Spring 2023)
• Introduction to Comparative Politics (last offered Spring 2023)
• Southeast Asian Autocracy & Democracy (last offered Spring 2022)
• Politics of Southeast Asia (last offered Fall 2017)

Course description & syllabi


Letters of Recommendation