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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, education, climate change, migration, and 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 project centers around four questions in the aftermath of the Nepali 2015 earthquakes: 1.) How does contact with and reliance on the state during post-disaster rebuilding affect community participation, feelings of citizen, and political knowledge? 2.) How does community participation relate to political participation? 3.) How does male out-migration affect the rebuilding by the women and families left behind? And finally, 4.) How does previous community organization affect the way structures and the community are physically rebuilt? I use these questions to investigate rebuilding and democratic agency on the individual, household, and community levels. My project views the citizen as active – making claims on the state and interacting with their environment. I hold empowerment as a central theme throughout my research questions.

I lived in Kathmandu to study Nepali and work on my project’s theory in the summers of 2018 and 2019 and in the spring semester of 2020 with funding from the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. I recently was awarded the 2020-2021 J. William Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship to return to Nepal as soon as conditions allow. I will collect qualitative and survey data as I work with my Nepal-based affiliates, the Institute of Engineering (IoE) in Pulchowk, the Samaanta Foundation, and the Martin Chautari Research Group.