Hello, नमस्ते, اداب ! And welcome to my webpage.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Government Department at Cornell University. My dissertation investigates the impact of institutional change in the field of poverty alleviation on the strategies pursued by political parties in rural India. I focus specifically on the ways brokers pursue redistributive strategies such as clientelism given the new incentives for decentralized service delivery. My broader research interests include the political economy of development, institutions, political parties, ethnicity and the politics of foreign aid.
I also have experience working in post-conflict and post-disaster environments, with a focus on political transitions. Prior to starting my Ph.D., I worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund, the National Democratic Institute and Chemonics International (under grants from the Office of Transition Initiatives at USAID) in Nepal and Haiti.
On this page, you may find my CV; information about my research, including working papers; and syllabi for courses I have been either Teaching Assistant or Instructor for. I am also running a blog on the Uttar Pradesh state elections. Comments and questions are welcome!
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Ithaca, NY 14853
tbm43 [at] cornell [dot] edu