Curriculum Vitae


 King’s College London,

            Lecturer (tenure track) in International Relations and South Asia,

            Department of War Studies and the India Institute, September 2014-present.

 Johns Hopkins University,

            Scharf Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Economy,

Department of Political Science, August 2013 – August 2014.

 London School of Economics,

            Fellow in Comparative Politics,

Department of Government, September 2010 - August 2013.


 University of California, Berkeley

            Ph.D., Political Science, December 2010.

M.A., Political Science, May 2004.

 Swarthmore College

            B.A., Political Science and Economics, June 2002.



 Development after Statism: Industrial Firms and the Political Economy of South AsiaCambridge: Cambridge University Press, in production (expected September 2016). Included in the ‘South Asia in the Social Sciences’ series, edited by Partha Chatterjee.

 Peer-Reviewed Articles

 "The Contested Capacity of the Indian State," India Review (December 2016), 407-432.

 “Indirect Rule and Varieties of Governance” (with Paul Staniland), Governance 29 (January 2016), 13-30.

 “The Politics of Developmental State Persistence: Institutional Origins, Industrialization and Agrarian Challenge” (with Caroline Arnold), Studies in Comparative International Development 50 (March 2015), 121-142.

 “Shades of Sovereignty: Explaining Political Order and Disorder in Pakistan’s Northwest,” Studies in Comparative International Development 49 (December 2014), 501-522.

“Mosaics of Manufacture: Understanding Industrial Variation in South Asia,” Studies in Comparative International Development 48 (March 2013), pp. 23-50.

 “State Security and Elite Capture: the Implementation of Anti-Terrorist Legislation in India,” (with Manoj Mate). Journal of Human Rights 9 (July 2010), pp. 262-278.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Pakistan’s Economy: Domestic Dissent and Foreign Reliance” (with Shahid Javed Burki), in Jaffrelot, ed., Pakistan at the Crossroads (Columbia University Press, 2016).

“Police Capacity and Insurgency in Pakistan,” in Fair and Ganguly, eds., Policing Insurgencies: Cops as Counterinsurgents (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Associated Grants

Co-Investigator and Regional Director for South Asia, Armed Conflict Location and Events Database project, European Research Council Grant 283755 (Professor Clionadh Raleigh, Principal Investigator; €1.4 million).

Working Papers

“Varieties of Violence: Sovereignty and State-Society Relations in South Asia.” 

Investment and Political Orders: Explaining Growth Divergence amid Institutional Convergence.”  

“Patronage, Bureaucratic Capacity and Electoral Coordination in Developing Democracies,” (with Pradeep Chhibber).

Selected Presentations

Workshop on State Building and Democratization, University of Sussex, January 2016;

University of California, Santa Barbara Department of Political Science, January 2016; Workshop on Indian Conservatism, Sciences Po-CERI, Paris, December 2015;

“Pakistan: Beyond the Security State,” University of California, Berkeley, March 2015;

“The Political Economy of Land and Labour”, Indira Gandhi Institute for DevelopmentStudies, Mumbai, November 2014;

American Political Science Association annual meeting, Washington, DC,September 2014.

Teaching Experience

King’s College London

Graduate: South Asia and Global Security (two term course); India’s Political Economy; Applied Research Methods; “Concept Formation” (Doctoral Training Center).

Undergraduate: Qualitative Methods; South Asian Political Economy; South Asian Security.

Johns Hopkins University

Undergraduate: the Political Economy of Development; the Rise and Fall of the State.

London School of Economics

Graduate: Capitalism and Democracy; Comparative Conflict Analysis; Politics of Inequality and Redistribution; Comparative Politics.

University of California, Berkeley

Undergraduate: Introduction to Comparative Politics (as Instructor).

Engagement and Outreach

Instructor in politics, economics and security, One Day and Five Day Courses on South Asia for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2014-16.

Contributor to the Money Cage blog, the Washington Post.