dar_photoI am a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics, The George Washington University. I was a visiting graduate student at School of Global Policy & Strategy, UC San Diego (2015-16) and have also been a Non-Resident Lead Researcher at the Centre for Public Policy, Habitat and Human Development, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (2013-16).

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.