Curriculum Vitae


King’s College London,

Lecturer in International Relations and South AsiaDepartment of War Studies and the School of Global Affairs / India Institute, September 2014-present.

Johns Hopkins University,

Scharf 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, 2017. 

[reviewed by Perspectives on Politics.]

Peer-Reviewed Articles

"Violence, Rents and Investment: Explaining Growth Divergence between India and Pakistan," Comparative Politics, forthcoming.

“Patronage, Sub-Contracted Governance and the Limits of Electoral Coordination” (with Pradeep Chhibber), Comparative Politics, forthcoming.

“Riots and Rebellion: State, Society and the Geography of Conflict in India,” Political Geography 63 (March 2018), 104-115.

“The Political Economy of Economic Conservatism in India," Studies in Indian Politics 5(2), 233-247.

“The Contested Capacity of the Indian State,” India Review 15 (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).

Working Papers

Pakistan's Military Elite (with Paul Staniland and Ahsan Butt), revise and resubmit. 

Varieties of Sub-National Authority, (with Clionadh Raleigh).

“The Life, Death and Regional Rebirth of Corporatism in India, (with Caroline Arnold). 

“The Colonial Construction of Political Orders, book manuscript in progress.

Selected Presentations

Patronage, Sub-Contracted Governance and the Limits of Electoral Coordination,” South Asia Workshop, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, July 2017. 

Development after Statism, Author Meets Critics Panel, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Lyon, June 2017.

“The Nature of Dependency in China’s South Asia: CPEC in political perspective,” Workshop on the New Silk Road, School of Geography, University of Oxford, June 2017.

Development after Statism, Departments of Government and International Development, London School of Economics, March 2017.

Panel on Rising India: Status and Power by Rajesh Basrur and Kate Sullivan, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, March 2017.

Panel on Afghanistan-Pakistan Strategy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, February 2017.

“Riots and Rebellion: State, Society and the Geography of Conflict in India,” Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, February 2017.

“Political Economies of Indian Conservatism,” Indian Conservative Thought Workshop, Ashoka University, Haryana, December 2016.

“Revisiting Dependency and the International Constraints on National Development,” and “Varieties of Violence: Sovereignty and State-Society Relations in South Asia,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, September 2016.

“Revisiting Dependency and the International Constraints on National Development,” King’s International Development Institute Conference, June 2016.

“Patronage, Bureaucratic Capacity and Electoral Coordination,” Workshop on Subnational Politics in South Asia and Latin America, King’s College London, May 2016.

Panel on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Democracy Forum, University of London Senate House, January 2016.

“Patronage, Bureaucratic Capacity and Electoral Coordination,” Workshop on State Building and Democratization, University of Sussex, January 2016.

Development under Statism, Department of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, January 2016.

Teaching Experience 

King’s College London

Co-Instructor, “South Asia and Global Security,” MA Core Course, War Studies Department.

Instructor, “Qualitative Methods,” BA in International Development.

Instructor, “South Asian Political Economy,” BA in International Development.

Co-Instructor, “Introduction to South Asia,” BA in International Relations.

Instructor, “India’s Political Economy, MA Course, India Institute.

Co-Instructor, “Applied Research Methods,” MA Course, India Institute.

Instructor, “Concept Formation,” Doctoral Training Center Short Course. 

Johns Hopkins University

Instructor, “The Rise and Fall of the State,” undergraduate course.

Instructor, “Political Economy of Development,” undergraduate course.

London School of Economics

Co-Instructor, “Comparative Conflict Analysis,” MSc Core Course.

Co-Instructor, “Comparative Politics,” MSc Core Course.

Co-Instructor, “Capitalism and Democracy,” MSc Course.

Co-Instructor, “Politics of Inequality & Redistribution,” MSc Course.

University of California, Berkeley

Instructor, Introduction to Comparative Politics,” undergraduate course.

Grants, Engagement and Outreach

Co-Investigator and Regional Director, “Armed Conflicts Location and Events Database,” (Prof. Clionadh Raleigh, PI), European Research Council and US State Department.  

Instructor in politics, economics and security, one day and five day courses on South Asia for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Diplomatic Academy, 2014-17.

Outside Expert, Afghanistan and Pakistan Policy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Contributor, “The Monkey Cage,” Washington Post.