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I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, a Burns fellow with the Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research, and a doctoral affiliate with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. This 2021-2022 academic year, I am also an NDIAS graduate fellow, where I meet with an interdisciplinary group of scholars to share research and discuss themes of resilience.

My research areas are comparative politics, political methodology, and political theory. I have interests in climate change, disasters, subnational governance, and public goods, with a particular focus in South Asia. I employ both quantitative and qualitative methods, including Bayesian statistics, spatial data, causal inference, and mixed methods approaches. I love making R packages – 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 the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Trips to Nepal for data collection and language training has been funded by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and my project has been recognized by the Boren and Fulbright national fellowships. My Nepal-based affiliates include the Institute of Engineering (IoE) in Pulchowk, the Samaanta Foundation, and the Martin Chautari Research Group.