Personal profile

Personal profile

I joined Royal Holloway's Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy in October 2019 on an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship. I am now a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (starting October 2020). Prior to joining Royal Holloway, I was an Assitant Professor (Teaching Focus) in the School of Politics and IR, University of Nottingham, where I obtained my PhD in Political Science. 

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics, Indian politics and quantitative methods. 

My research has been published in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Regional and Federal Studies, World Development, and Seminar among others. 

My doctoral dissertation explained the puzzle of why regional parties succeed in some Indian regions, but not in others. I showed that when national parties are decentralized and the regional branch is granted more autonomy, regional parties find it hard to succeed. A second component of the dissertation investigates why some regional branches of national parties have more autonomy where others do not.  


At RHUL, I convened a third specialist undergraduate course on the Politics of South Asia, or PR3965.

I am also teaching on PR2000, an introductory quantitative methods course taught to second year undergraduate students. 

In the past I have taught PR1000, an introductory research design course for first year undergraduate students. 

At Nottingham, I led classes on Comparative Politics, Introduction to Quantitative Methods, Q-step Advanced Quantitive Methods, and Party Systems across the Globe. 

Spring 2022 Office hours: Tuesday 11-12pm.  

Educational background

PhD Political Science, University of Nottingham

MSc Comparative Politics, LSE

BA Politics and International Relations, University of Manchester

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, PhD, Party organisation and polity-wide parties in India, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 8 Jun 2018

Comparative Politics, MSc Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 9 Dec 2013

Politics and International Relations, BA, University of Manchester

15 Sept 20099 Jun 2012

Award Date: 9 Jun 2012

External positions

Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics (Teaching Focused), University of Nottingham

1 Sept 201830 Sept 2019

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