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Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
B.A. in Anthropology, University of Chicago
I am the Gruber Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. My research seeks to understand the foundations of democratic politics in economically developing states. In particular I am interested in the effects of diverse formal and informal institutional constraints—such as federalism, coalition politics, and corruption—on the behavior of politicians in electorally competitive environments. My regional focus is South Asia, and I have also conducted fieldwork in Africa and Latin America. A summary of my book, Corruption and Reform in India: Public Services in the Digital Age, is available on my Research page.
Corruption and Reform in India: Public Services in the Digital Age
(2012, Cambridge University Press)
“eGovernment and Corruption in the States: Can Technology Serve the Aam Aadmi?” 2012.
Economic and Political Weekly, XLVII(25): 77-85.
“Explaining Cross-National Variation in Government Adoption of New Technologies.” 2011.
International Studies Quarterly, 55(1): 267-280.
“Why Get Technical? Corruption and the Politics of Public Service Reform in the Indian States.”
2010. Comparative Political Studies, 43(10): 1230-1257.
“Will Information Technology Reshape the North-South Asymmetry of Power in the Global
Political Economy?” 2005. Studies in Comparative International Development, 40 (2): 62-
84 (co-authored with Steven Weber)
“Will the Digital Revolution Revolutionize Development? Drawing Together the Debate.” 2005.
Studies in Comparative International Development, 40 (2): 95-110 (co-authored with
Taylor Boas and Thad Dunning)