I am a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. My research lies at the intersection of development economics, political economy, and public policy. I focus on questions related to governance, public service delivery, and social protection, especially of women, in developing countries. My primary dissertation research employs a field experiment to show how the design of welfare administration interacts with vulnerabilities of poor citizens to create distortions in take-up of social programs, especially when formal bureaucratic assistance is limited.
Currently, I am an affiliate of Harvard's Institute for Qualitative Social Science (IQSS) and Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD). Prior to joining Harvard, I worked for the Abdul Jameel Latif Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in India where I helped manage a large-scale field experiment examining provision of public services and the responsiveness of political actors to deficiencies in provision in the run-up to an election. I have also worked at Plan International and the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington D.C.
I hold a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from St. Louis University and an MSc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.