King’s College London,

            Senior Lecturer in International Relations, September 2018-present.

            Lecturer in International Relations and South Asia, September 2014-August 2018.

Johns Hopkins University,

            Scharf Fellow in Political Economy, August 2013 – August 2014.

London School of Economics,

            LSE Fellow in Comparative Politics, 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 Asia. Cambridge:

Cambridge University Press, 2017 (Paperback edition, 2019).

Reviewed in Perspectives on Politics; Commonwealth and Comparative Politics; American Journal of Sociology.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Violence, Rents and Investment: Explaining Growth Divergence in South Asia,” Comparative

Politics, forthcoming 2019.

Pakistan’s Military Elite” (with Paul Staniland and Ahsan Butt), Journal of Strategic Studies,

2018. DOI: 10.1080/01402390.2018.1497487.

“Patronage, Sub-Contracted Governance and the Limits of Electoral Coordination” (with Pradeep

Chhibber), Comparative Politics 51 (2018), 81-100.

 “Riots and Rebellion: State, Society and the Geography of Conflict in India,” Political Geography

63 (2018), 104-115.

“The Political Economy of Economic Conservatism in India,” Studies in Indian Politics 5 (2017),


“The Contested Capacity of the Indian State,” India Review 15 (2016), 407-432.

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

“The Politics of Developmental State Persistence: Institutional Origins, Industrialization and

Agrarian Challenge” (with Caroline Arnold), Studies in Comparative International

Development 50 (2015), 121-142.

“Shades of Sovereignty: Explaining Political Order and Disorder in Pakistan’s Northwest,” Studies in

Comparative International Development 49 (2014), 501-522.

“Mosaics of Manufacture: Understanding Industrial Variation in South Asia,” Studies in

Comparative International Development 48 (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 (2010), pp. 262-278.


Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Pakistan’s Economy: Domestic Dissent and Foreign Reliance” (with Shahid Javed Burki), in

Chistophe Jaffrelot, ed., Pakistan at the Crossroads (Columbia University Press, 2016).

“Police Capacity and Insurgency in Pakistan,” in Chistine Fair and Sumit Ganguly, eds., Policing

Insurgencies: Cops as Counterinsurgents (Oxford University Press, 2014).


Working Papers and Research Under Progress

"International Institutions and the External Constraints on Domestic Development.” 

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

“Security Provision and the Party Systems of Pakistan,” (with Pradeep Chhibber).

“Patterns of Violence after Counter-Insurgency,” (with Clionadh Raleigh).

“Institutionalizing Neo-Mercantilism,” (with Pon Souvannaseng).

 “Colonial Legacies and Political Orders,” book manuscript under preparation.


Other Writing

“Why Pakistan’s Election had Such an Ambiguous Outcome,” (with Pradeep Chhibber), the

Washington Post (Monkey Cage), August 9, 2018.

“Rethinking the Developmental Capacities of the Indian State,” India in Transition, University of

Pennsylvania Center for the Advanced Study of India, June 4, 2018. Reprinted in

“By Not Taking Refugees, the US May Make Them More Dangerous” (with Jonah Eaton), the

Washington Post (Monkey Cage), March 24, 2017. Reprinted in POMEPS Studies 25:

“Refugees and Migration Movements in the Middle East.”

“Here's what led to the Lahore Terrorist Bombing — and What to Do Next.” the Washington Post

(Monkey Cage), March 31, 2016.

“Why the Pakistani Taliban's Massacre of Children Reveals its Weakness,” the Washington Post

(Monkey Cage), December 11, 2014.

“Is India Following in Pakistan’s Footsteps?” (with Gilles Verniers), the Washington Post (Monkey

Cage), May 29, 2014.


Selected Presentations

Development after Statism, Global Development Institute, the University of Manchester, March 2019. 

“Regional Security in South Asia,” National Defence College Oman, Muscat, January 2019.

“Political Orders and Violence,” Workshop on the Quantitative Study of Indian Politics, 

                Ashoka University, Delhi, December 2018.

“Security Provision and Party Systems in Pakistan,” University of Nottingham, September 2018.

“Political Orders and Development,” American Political Science Association, Boston, September 2018.

Presidential Panel on International Trade, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Kyoto, June 2018. 

“Shades of Sovereignty,” Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University, February 2018.

“Violence, Rents and Investment,” South Asia Seminar, Oxford University, January 2018.

“The Construction of Political Orders,” Watson Institute, Brown University, December 2017.

“The Construction of Political Orders,” Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of

Pennsylvania, November 2017.

“Post-Colonial Corporatism” and “The Construction of Political Orders,” American Political

Science Association, San Francisco, September 2017.

Patronage, Sub-Contracted Governance and the Limits of Electoral Coordination,” Institute of

Commonwealth Studies, University of London, July 2017.

Development after Statism, Author meets Critics, Society for the Advancement of Socio-

Economics, Lyons, June 2017.

Development after Statism, Department of Government, 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.

“Riots and Rebellion,” Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, February 2017.


Teaching Experience

King’s College London

Afghan and South Asian Security, MA Core Course, War Studies Department.

South Asian International Relations, BA in International Relations.

State-Building Unit in Global Politics, 2nd year core course, BA in International Relations.

Qualitative Methods, BA in International Development.

South Asian Political Economy, BA in International Development.

Concept Formation, Doctoral Training Center Short Course.


Johns Hopkins University

The Rise and Fall of the State, undergraduate course.

Political Economy of Development, undergraduate course.


London School of Economics

Comparative Conflict Analysis, MSc Core Course.

Comparative Politics, MSc Core Course.

Capitalism and Democracy, MSc Course.

Politics of Inequality & Redistribution, MSc Course.


University of California, Berkeley

Introduction of Comparative Politics, undergraduate course.

International Political Economy (as Graduate Student Instructor).

Political Economy of Development (as Graduate Student Instructor).

Service and Citizenship

Programme Director, MA South Asia and Global Security, Department of War Studies.

Member, Faculty Education Committee, Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy.

Member, Reading Group on Comparative Politics, Political Economy and Public Policy:

Quantitative, KCL REF Politics Submission.

Member, Reading Group on Comparative Politics, Political Economy and Public Policy:

Qualitative, KCL REF Politics Submission.

Member, ESRC Studentship Panel on Governance, KCL.

Member, Student Issues Committee, Athena Swan submission, School of Security Studies.

External Examiner, BA International Relations, School of Oriental and African Studies.

Reviewer for Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Governance, World Politics,

Perspectives on Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, International Security,

Development & Change, Economics & Politics and Cambridge and Oxford University



Engagement and Impact

Instructor in politics, economics and security, one-day and five-day courses on the South Asia

Programme, FCO Diplomatic Academy, 2014-18.

Participant, Pakistan Post-Elections Roundtable, Cabinet Office, August 2018.

Participant, Joint Analysis on Conflict and Stability: Pakistan, Ministry of Defence, July 2018.

Participant, Panel on Afghanistan-Pakistan Strategy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

February 2017.