I am a political scientist working on public institutions and state capacity in the age of climate change. My research particularly focuses on India alongside comparative perspectives, deploying humanistic approaches based on in-depth fieldwork and archival research. Within this broad ambit I explore a diverse range of topics, including the transformations of the Indian state and its bureaucracy, energy policy in India and especially West Bengal, the relationship between party-political competition and public service delivery, political blame games, the politics of climate targets, the democratic crisis of trust in experts, and the Anthropocene.
A little about me: I am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. From 2008 to 2015 I was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where I completed a doctorate at the Oxford Department of International Development in August 2015. I’ve been invited to present my research in the UK, the US, India, Australia, and Germany, and have also held visiting positions at UC Berkeley, the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi, and (upcoming) UC Irvine. Occasionally I dabble too in travel writing and the history of emotions.