I am the Hamad bin Khalifa Professor of Indian Politics in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.. I am also the Director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council. I am presently affiliated with Lokniti: Programme for Comparative Democracy in New Delhi, India & have been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
I study problems of economic development, democratization, and civil conflict in the developing world. I am the author of Coalition Politics and Economic Development (2011) and Elections in Hard Times (2016, with T.E. Flores), both published by Cambridge University Press, as well as of numerous journal articles, edited volume chapters, and op-eds.
I received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Economics and International Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University. The happiest years of my life were spent at St. Stanislaus High School and St. Xavier's College in Bombay, India.