My research focuses on political parties and political behavior, social movements, and ethnic politics, with a regional focus on South Asia.
My first book examines how elite parties can use social services to win mass support, through a study of Hindu nationalism in India, and was published by Cambridge University Press (Studies in Comparative Politics) in 2014. This project has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Gregory Luebbert Award for best book in comparative politics, the 2015 Leon Epstein Award for best book on political parties, and 2010 Gabriel Almond Award for best dissertation in comparative politics, all from the American Political Science Association. It also won the 2010 Sardar Patel Prize for best dissertation on modern India in the humanities and social sciences.
My articles have are published or forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Contemporary South Asia, Studies in Comparative International Development, PS, and World Politics.
My current research focuses on the political consequences of urbanization, and draws on extensive qualitative and quantitative research among poor migrants in Indian cities.