I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. I was previously the Peter Strauss Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. I hold a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University (2003), and a Ph.D in Government from Cornell University (2009).
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. The book was published by Cambridge University Press (Studies in Comparative Politics) in 2014. The book and the dissertation on which it was based have won six prizes: 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 has also won the 2015 Gaddis Smith Award for best first book by a Yale faculty member on an international subject, the 2010 Sardar Patel Prize for best dissertation on modern India in the humanities and social sciences awarded by UCLA, and the 2010 Esman Prize for best dissertation in Government by Cornell University. My articles appear in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Contemporary South Asia, 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.