I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department at Stanford University, where I study ethnicity and political accountability from a comparative perspective. I’m especially interested in policy-relevant data-driven social research, an interest I have pursued for the past decade in both academia and the policy world.
My Job Market Paper provides a model of how new sources of data (and in particular “big data”) on the day-to-day interactions of citizens can be leveraged to rigorously answer questions about social organization, ethnicity, and political outcomes. My broader research agenda also touches on revenue bargaining and accountability in Somaliland, caste politics in Pakistan, and elite strategies for circumventing electoral mechanisms of political accountability.
I am also passionate about ensuring the integrity of social science research, and making computational tools accessible to social scientists to empower them to advance our understanding of the world. To that end, I have compiled a number of tutorials which are available on this site (see links in top menu), and have developed a social scientists’ guide to the world of Python.