I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University. My research and teaching focuses on the political economy of development, identity politics, and urban politics with a regional focus on India.
I rely extensively on fieldwork and primary sources and use a combination of methodological approaches to examine questions related to identity and development in multiethnic settings. My work has received support from the International Growth Center (IGC), American Institute of India Studies (AIIS), Smith Richardson Foundation, Library of Congress, Queen's University, Brown University, Harvard University, Oxford University, MIT, and IDS Sussex. More information on my ongoing projects and papers can be found here.
I received a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University, and a Masters in International Development from MIT. In addition to my academic interests, I have worked on policy research for the World Bank, volunteered in a social movement-turned-political party in India, and consulted for a solar energy start-up in rural Lesotho. I grew up in Jammu and Kashmir and currently divide my time between teaching/ writing in Kingston, Canada and fieldwork in India.