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 bureaucracy in shaping the quality of governance experienced by citizens. Citizens, especially those from historically marginalized groups, find it challenging to navigate the bureaucracy in order to get acess to their entitlements from the state. I examine how internal bureaucratic politics shapes state capacity at the local level and thereby impacts the quality of citizen-state interactions. Specifically, I examine the policy of bureaucratic rotation used by the state to assigns personnel across its territory. I show that bureaucrats have strong preferences over the location of their placement. When placed away from their home and in under-developed regions, bureaucrats use informal networks to lobby to get re-assigned to locations that align with their preferences. The lobbying efforts by bureaucrats to circumvent rules around bureaucratic rotation reduces local state capacity, making it more challenging for citizens to access the state.
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.