I am an assistant professor at the Jindal School for International Affairs, O. P. Jindal Global University. I am also an affiliated researcher in the Rising Power Alliances Group, a three year grant-funded project at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Previously, I worked with the Development Research Group of the World Bank.
I received my Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. My research interests span the fields of political economy, comparative politics, and international relations.
My current research is centered around social inequality. Specifically, I study the political consequences of inequality in non-violent contexts (such as, electoral volatility, formation of party systems, performance of political parties, ethnic voting) and violent contexts (ethno-religious riots). I also measure social inequality and study why and when it persists. All of this research is based in India.
I am also extending my research on the domestic politics of India to India’s international relations. Specifically, I am studying India’s alliance behavior and will be comparing it with rising power alliances (Brazil, Russia, China, and South Africa).
I specialize in research methods as a field in itself. For my research, I use a mixed methods approach that combines statistical analysis using large demographic, survey, and secondary datasets with comparative historical analysis. I have designed and implemented a national survey in India and have conducted field research in Bangladesh and India.
Currently, I teach research methods (qualitative and quantitative) at undergraduate and graduate levels.
You can download my current CV here.