I am an Assistant Professor of Politics & Global Studies at the University of Virginia, where I teach classes on the comparative politics of development, the state and civil society, and local politics. My research focuses on citizen-state relations and social welfare in developing countries, with a regional focus on India. I have also worked and conducted researched in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa on issues related to economic and social rights, service delivery, local governance, disaster risk reduction, and environmental sustainability.
Prior to joining UVA, I was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston College. I received a Ph.D. in Political Science and Masters in International Development Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology from Swarthmore College. I have also worked with development and human rights NGOs, including Oxfam America, WaterAid, Ashoka, Washington Office on Latin America, and the Urban Justice Center.