I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where I specialize in comparative politics, political economy, and South Asia (the region that includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka).

My research addresses the extent to which elections serve as instruments of inclusion or exclusion in developing democracies. One line of work examines the electoral rise of violent ethno-religious nationalism; the other aims to understand the political marginalization of internal migrants.

I received my PhD from Yale University. Prior to UCSD, I was the Evidence in Governance and Politics Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. I am an EGAP member and a CEGA faculty affiliate. I am a UCSD Hellman Fellow for 2020-21 and a non-resident visiting fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania for 2021-22.

You can see my CV here.