My research is focused on local citizen-state relations and their consequences for human and social welfare. My work is motivated by two basic questions. How can governments – and local officials in particular – be held more accountable, to better respond to and serve the needs of citizens? And how can citizens actively and effectively engage and make demands on the state, between and beyond elections?
Claiming the State: Active Citizenship and Social Welfare in Rural India. Cambridge University Press. 2018.
- Awarded the 2018 Joseph W. Elder Prize by the American Institute for Indian Studies for the “best first book in the Indian social sciences.”
- Featured in: India Ink, Grand Tamasha, Rocking Our Priors, Slice of MIT, India in Transition
Articles and chapters
Great Expectations, Great Grievances: The Politics of Citizen Complaints in India. Comparative Politics, forthcoming October 2021 (Fast Track, February 10, 2021).
The Geography of Citizenship Practice: How the Poor Engage the State in Rural and Urban India, with Adam Auerbach. Perspectives on Politics, 18(4), 2020.
The Pursuit of Social Welfare: Citizen Claim-Making in Rural India. World Politics, 70(1): 122-163 (2018). (Corrigendum.)
- Awarded the 2019 Luebbert Article Prize by the Comparative Politics section of the American Political Science Association for the “best article in comparative politics in the past two years.”)
Seeking the Local State: Gender, Caste, and the Pursuit of Public Services in Post-Tsunami India. World Development, 39(7): 1143-1154 (2011).
Promoting Sustainability, Building Networks: A Green Entrepreneur in Mexico. In M. Shaper (Ed.), Making Ecopreneurs: Developing Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Routledge (2010).
Work in progress
“Fixers, mobilizers, or interlocutors? Citizen journalists, social brokers, and the challenges of accountability.” (Under review).
“Engendering Policing: Evaluating Reforms to Increase Women’s Access to Security and Justice” (with Akshay Mangla and Sandip Sukhtankar). (Pre-analysis plan).
Between Ballots and Barricades: The Practice & Consequences of Everyday Claim-Making (with Janice Gallagher and Whitney Taylor). (Under contract, Cambridge University Press Elements, Politics of Development Series).