I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. My research examines questions at the intersection of economic development and political economy, with a focus on state capacity and the delivery of public services.

My current projects include a large-scale field experiment using mobile and web applications to test the impacts of strengthened incentives versus reduced costs of information acquisition for local bureaucrats on the quality of a major workfare program in India. In other work, I examine the impacts of religious and caste diversity in teams of local-level election officers on voter behavior and election outcomes in India; the effects of increased transparency in the US state legislative context on public goods expenditure; and the effectiveness of large-scale, mobile-based information campaigns in increasing political accountability in India. I have also published research on the influence of internet technology on contestable government procurement of goods and services in India and Indonesia.

Prior to joining the Watson Institute, I received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2016, an M.Sc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics in 2007, and a B.A. in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University in 2006. From 2007 to 2010, I worked as a research associate at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT.


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