Welcome to my website! I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to starting my Ph.D., I worked as a research manager for Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Odisha, India, and was a Design Engineer for Texas Instruments in Houston, TX. I have a Masters in Global Policy Studies and Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. I completed my undergraduate studies in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from Pune University, India.
In my doctoral dissertation, I examine the role of the bureaucracy in shaping the quality of governance experienced by citizens. One of the biggest challenges citizens in the low and middle income countries face is successfully navigating a bureaucracy. My central claim is that the lack of institutionalization of formal procedures within a bureaucracy results in variation in state responsiveness at the local level. Specifically, I examine the compliance with organizational policies around the transfer and posting of bureaucrats to different jurisdictions. I show that bureaucrats, using informal norms and social networks, regularly circumvent transfer orders to avoid placement in remote jurisdictions. The failure to ensure that bureaucratic movement adheres to administrative guidelines results in a variation in the state presence across jurisdictions, shaping bureaucratic performance at the local level.
My overall research focusses on the political economy of public service delivery, and I also examine topics at the intersection of technology and public service delivery and decentralized governance. You can find more details on the research page and in my CV. My research has been funded by Azim Premji Foundation and the Institute for South Asia Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.