Sharik is pursuing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is interested in the questions of ethnicity and the political economy of development. Sharik wishes to particularly understand how does the political economy of caste and religion operate in India. Sharik holds an M.A. in Contemporary India from King’s College London and a B.B.A. from Ahmedabad University. He has worked as a researcher with the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Sciences Po, and Ashoka University.