I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a doctoral affiliate with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. I was also a PhD Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the 2021-2022 academic year, where I met with an interdisciplinary group of scholars to share research on resilience, a Burns fellow with the Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research from 2017-2023, and a Fulbright Program student researcher based in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal in 2022. I am on the job market this year for positions in comparative politics, policy, and/or methods. Please feel free to contact me for relevant materials.
My research areas are comparative politics, political methodology, and political theory, and I have interests in environmental policy, disasters, gender, subnational governance, and public goods, with a particular focus in South Asia. I employ both quantitative and qualitative methods, and I am especially interested in networks, Bayesian statistics, spatial data, and mixed methods approaches. I’ve led the creation of two statistical software R packages and maintain a third. Feel free to look at what I’m working on on my GitHub page.
My dissertation focuses on the politics of disasters through a subnational design in three urban centers of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, and I have ongoing solo-authored and collaborative projects investigating ward-level gender quotas, ‘active’ citizenship, social dimensions of earthquake early warning systems, gender and reconstruction, and hydropower in Nepal. I also have a collaborative theoretical project on imagination and peacebuilding and solo-authored and collaborative methodological projects on model robustness and social networks in progress. Some of my substantive research is forthcoming later this year in Global Environmental Politics and Disasters.
Trips to Nepal for data collection and language training–around 18 months in the years of 2018 to 2023–have been funded by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Fulbright Program. My Nepal-based affiliates include the Institute of Engineering (IoE) in Pulchowk, the Samaanta Foundation, and the Martin Chautari Research Group.