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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 post-disaster contexts, governance, public goods provision, including the political economy of post-earthquake reconstruction, and political participation. I have a particular focus in South Asia. I use quantitative and qualitative methods, including Bayesian statistics, causal inference, and mixed methods approaches. You can see my latest R package 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. My Nepal-based affiliates include Institute of Engineering (IoE) in Pulchowk, the Samaanta Foundation, and the Martin Chautari Research Group.