I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. I focus on gender, bureaucracy, and representation with a regional focus on India.
My dissertation focuses on how bureaucrats react to the entry of minority politicians, particularly women, and the effects of bureaucratic-politician interactions on policy outcomes. I additionally focus on the strategies minority politicians use to overcome differential treatment. My research is generously supported by the Institute of International Studies (UC Berkeley), the Weiss Family Fund, and the Center for Politics of Development.
Prior to coming to Berkeley, I worked as a J-PAL Policy Consultant for the Ministry of Rural Development in India to create policy implementation plans for finance management reforms and rural poverty reduction. I have additional experience with managing experiments and research with One Acre Fund in Kenya and running social enterprises in India and Sierra Leone.
I hold a Master’s degree in Area Studies from the University of Oxford with a concentration on Modern South Asia. Prior to that, I graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and a certificate in Documentary Film Making.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of research funding sources for Ph.D. students studying South Asia. I’ll keep updating it over time. If there are any resources I have missed, please feel free to e-mail me and I’d be happy to add them.