I am a PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science. I work primarily in local governance and political participation. I am interested in the collective action problems presented by acute environmental pressures, and how local politics shape a community’s solutions. My research employs qualitative and quantitative methods, and my methodological interests include model robustness, mixed methods research designs, and developing statistical software. My dissertation looks to the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake to investigate how community governance structures affect local reconstruction processes, and how the interactions between residents and state and nonstate actors during reconstruction affect residents’ political behavior. My project–including language training and data collection–has been funded by the Kellogg Institute, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies, the Liu Institute, and the Fulbright Program.
I am interested in public goods provision, development, equalization, political participation, and empowerment particularly in the context of post-disaster rebuilding and education.
2020 - Fulbright US Student Program grant to Nepal