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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. My research areas are comparative politics, political theory, and methodology, with interests in climate change and disasters, gender, ethnicity, governance, and public goods. I have a particular focus in South Asia. For my research, 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. Pre-dissertation fieldwork and language training for my project has been funded by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and I was awarded the 2020-2021 J. William Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship to return to Nepal as soon as conditions allow (currently planned for May 2021). My Nepal-based affiliates include the Institute of Engineering (IoE) in Pulchowk, the Samaanta Foundation, and the Martin Chautari Research Group.