Saad Gulzar is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. His research interests lie in the political economy of development and comparative politics, with a regional focus on South Asia. Working closely with citizens, politicians, political parties, and government agencies, he examines how, and the extent to which, representative government -- one that provides equality of voice and influence in government -- has the power to improve people's lives.  His research is published in leading political science journals including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and the Annual Review of Political Science.