I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, a doctoral affiliate with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and a Burns fellow with the Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research. I was 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, and a Fulbright Program student researcher in 2022 based in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
My research areas are comparative politics, political methodology, and political theory. I have interests in climate change, disasters, gender, 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’ve lead 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. I also have research projects investigating ward-level gender quotas in urban Nepal, ‘active’ citizenship in rural Nepal, social dimensions of early earthquake warning systems, and gender and reconstruction.
Trips to Nepal for data collection and language training 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.