About

dar_photoI am an economist with a PhD from The George Washington University. I was a visiting graduate student at School of Global Policy & Strategy, UC San Diego (2015-16) and currently work as a consultant at the World Bank. I also serve as an assistant to the Managing Editor, Journal of Development Studies. I am on the job market in 2018-19 and available for interviews at the ASSA meetings in Atlanta in January 2019.

My research engages with issues in governance and agriculture. One strand of my work studies political selection and elite formation in democracies; crime and conflict; and improving service delivery, reducing corruption and fostering collective action in low-income settings. A second strand of my research studies agrarian issues where I analyze the health and environmental impacts of adopting modern technologies in rural communities. Read more here.

I rely on a variety of methods ranging from randomized controlled trials to natural experiments to inform answers to various research questions. I find that combining applied microeconometric techniques with spatial data/GIS tools, natural language processing of archives, rapid-ethnographies and mini-biographies provides a “thick description” of research so that it is both well grounded and empirically rigorous. My research is supported by funding from Azim Premji University and Foundation, Election Commission of India, International Growth Center and Sigur Center for Asian Studies at The Elliott School of International Affairs.