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Associate Professor, International Studies
Comparative History of Ideas, Center for Global Studies, South Asia Center
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Ph.D., Government, University of Texas, Austin
B.A., Political Science, University of Chicago
I am a political scientist and Associate Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies, where I also serve as Chair and Director of the South Asia Center. My research and teaching focus on Indian politics and political economy, development studies and capitalism, and energy studies. My first book,
(Stanford, 2014), examines the politics of electrification in India from the decade before independence until the early 2000s. Using a variety of qualitative data I argue that subnational political economic dynamics shaped the evolution of the Indian electric grid, helping to explain why access to energy remains spatially uneven across India, where several hundred million citizens are not connected to the grid.
I am currently working on three research projects. The first, which is being supported by a Fulbright grant to conduct research in India in 2016, investigates the socio-political consequences of extractive industrialization in India’s mining belt. A second project extends my research on the Indian energy sector to examine the unfolding politics of renewable energy production. My third project, a collaboration with Christian L. Novetzke, focuses on the multiple ways that yoga intersects with politics in the contemporary moment, from its centrality to debates about secularism and religion, to what it might offer as a political theory akin to concepts of political theology.
Also a member of/affiliated with:
"American Political Science Association Association for Asian Studies"