I’m a third year PhD Student in International Relations at the School of International Service (SIS), American University, Washington, D.C.
My research interest lies at the intersection of post-conflict development, foreign aid and distributive politics. I am interested in how foreign aid interacts with subnational variations in public trust in governance. At AU, I’ve conducted quantitative research on the impact of right to food legislation and maternity protection on child mortality in developing countries, and on the relationship between public goods and public trust in government in India. From 2019-2021, I assisted Prof. Adam Auerbach at SIS with his research on urban distributive politics and informality in India and conducted primary interviews and translations as well as assisted with survey design. I have also assisted Prof. Susanna Campbell with research projects managed under the Research on International Policy Implementation Lab (RIPIL) and conducted literature reviews for a book project by Prof. Erin Collins. Prior to coming to AU, I lived and worked in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, where my research focused on financial inclusion, gender, and migration. I also have professional experience with program design, monitoring and evaluation and conflict sensitivity analyses for development projects managed by major donors such as EU, USAID, DfID, SIDA etc.
Currently, I am working on a paper titled Public Goods and Public Trust in Government: Evidence from India, which explores the relationship between public goods provision and variation in public trust in state governments in India. The paper has been accepted for panels at the 5th International Conference on Public Policy (virtual) being held in Barcelona, Spain in July 2021 and at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) being in held in Seattle, Washington in September 2021.
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