I am a graduate student in Political Science at Yale University. My research focuses on democratic theory, political violence, realism, and constitutionalism in 19th and 20th century South Asian, Afro-modern, and European political thought.
Before coming to Yale, I was a Graduate Researcher at the Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion in New York. I hold an MA in Political Science from Columbia University and a BA in History from the University of Delhi.
Democracy’s Violence examines the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville, W. E. B. Du Bois, B. R. Ambedkar, and Hannah Arendt in order to understand the causes, forms, and consequences of collective violence in modern democracies. Through novel readings and comparisons of these four theorists I develop a theory of democratic violence, and defend democratic sociality, constituted by fraternity, courageous humility, and concerted social action.
Negotiating Democracy and Religious Pluralism: India, Pakistan, and Turkey (co-edited with Karen Barkey and Sudipta Kaviraj; Oxford University Press 2021). Read the Introduction and my co-authored chapter. Available online via University Press Scholarship online and the Library Genesis project.
Constituent Assemblies (co-edited with Jon Elster, Roberto Gargarella, and Bjørn Erik Rasch; Cambridge University Press 2018). Read the Introduction. Available online via Cambridge Core online and the Library Genesis project.
“Pride and Prejudice in Austin’s cornerstone” in Udit Bhatia (ed.), The Indian Constituent Assembly: Deliberations on Democracy (Routledge 2018). Updated version available here.
Works in Progress
“Attacking Pride in its Last Refuge”: Tocqueville and Ambedkar on the Tyranny of the Permanent Majority.
Not in whose name? The Social Psychology of Lynchings
Constitution-making and Violence in India
The Moral Psychology of Whiteness and Courageous Humility in Du Bois
Democracy and Race in America: Thinking with Tocqueville and Du Bois. Fall 2021. Instructor of Record with Giulia Oskian. Syllabus and evaluations available upon request.
Introduction to Political Philosophy. Fall 2020.
Head TA and Section Leader for Hélène Landemore. Evaluations available upon request.
Global Constitutionalism. Spring 2020.
Sole TA and Section Leader for Giulia Oskian. Evaluations available upon request.
Introduction to Political Philosophy. Fall 2019.
Head TA and Writing Intensive Section Leader for Hélène Landemore. Evaluations available upon request.
Introduction to Political Philosophy. Fall 2018.
Section Leader for Hélène Landemore. Evaluations available upon request.
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