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Welcome! I am a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Essex, Department of Government. Beginning August 2020, I will be joining The Deliberative Media Lab, part of Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

My current research consists of three interlinked pathways. One track investigates the causal effects of Misinformation (‘fake news’) on 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.  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 on political behavior and governance outcomes in India. 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 Council.

Please feel free to get in touch. Thank you for visiting!