Research

All of my research so far has focused on India.  I’m particularly interested in how and why politics and development differ by region and state within India.  My first book, Electrifying India, compares the politics of electrification in the states of Maharashtra, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh.

In a second project, I explore the political economy of natural resources in Odisha, on the eastern coast of India.  The wealth of minerals in that state has attracted large investments in the mineral and mineral-processing sectors (coal, bauxite, and iron ore mining; power plants, aluminum manufacturing, and steel production).  The first paper from this project (co-authored with N. Mazahari and currently under revision) compares natural resource politics in Odisha and Bihar during the 1990s.  

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