Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute, University of Oxford. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Deliberative Media Lab (part of the Democracy Initiative) and a Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Virginia.

My current research consists of three interlinked pathways. One track investigates the causal effects of Misinformation (‘fake news’) on intergroup relations and political behavior in diverse societies.

My project on the implications of ‘fake news’ (spread via Whatsapp and related social media) on ethnic relations, political behavior, and public policy choices in India is funded by Facebook, and grants from the University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative and the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation.  Some of the media reports on the award can be found here (1, 2, 3, 4).

The second path tackles the role of ethnic conflict and (mis)information in social media platforms on political behavior and governance outcomes in South Asia. The third lane studies the behavioral determinants and mechanisms behind political representation of women in South Asia. The research is funded by a US $ 25,000 grant from the International Growth Centre.

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