I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Brown University. My research interests include political economy of development, identity politics, public service delivery and local governance with a regional focus on South Asia. My current research, funded by the GPD, looks at the determinants of sub-national variation in development in India. To this end, I am interested in how different political regimes came to be constructed in post-independent India, and the ways in which the relationship between politicians and bureaucrats varies across states.
I have a masters degree in international development from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and undergraduate degree in urban planning from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. Before coming to Brown, I worked on issues related to decentralization and local governance at the World Bank in Washington DC, and at the Center for Policy Research in Delhi. My previous research examines the impact of middle class activism in local politics and governance in Indian cities.