I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University. I am also a faculty affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action and a non-resident fellow in the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg.

Citizens almost universally feel that their national-level governments are out of touch with their needs. How can they create change in their own communities?

I study the behavior of citizens and bureaucrats in everyday politics at the local-level, a political arena that has become much more important in the last twenty years. Currently, I study how growth in three areas, namely housing policies, new or understudied modes of civic participation, and digital inclusion can amplify citizen voice. My regional expertise is in urban India.

I completed my PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in May 2020. I have been named a Susan Clarke Young Scholar by APSA’s Urban and Local Politics Section.

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