About me: I am an Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law since Fall 2020. I study how legal and political institutions shape social and economic inequality, from domestic and comparative perspectives.

Research interests (law): law and inequality, law and development, race/ethnicity and the law, law of democracy, crime/criminal justice, local government 
Research interests (social science): economic history, political economy, development, labor

CV: [Link]


How Political Representation Reduces Minority Criminal Victimization: Evidence from Scheduled Castes in India (with S. K. Ritadhi), Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization (forthcoming) [Link] 

The Economic Costs of Segregation: Evidence from the Federal Government under Wilson (with Guo Xu), Quarterly Journal of Economics (forthcoming)  [Link]

Financial Inclusion in Politics (with Abby Wood and Jake Grumbach), NYU Law Review (2022) [Link] 

Consumption Tax Reform and the Real Economy: Evidence from India’s Adoption of a Value-Added Tax (with Nirupama Kulkarni and S. K. Ritadhi), Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (2021) [Link] 

Voting for Welfare, California Law Review (2021) 

Right-to-Carry Laws and Violent Crime: A Comprehensive Assessment, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (2019) (with John J. Donohue and Kyle Webber) [Link]

Disenfranchisement and Economic Inequality: Downstream Effects of Shelby County v. Holder, AEA Papers & Proceedings (2019) (with Carlos Avenancio-Leon[Link]

The Impact of Right-to-Carry Laws and the NRC Report: Lessons for the Empirical Evaluation of Law and Policy, American Law and Economics Review (2011) (w/ John J. Donohue and Alex Zhang)  [Link]


Work in Progress:
The Effect of Political Power on Labor Market Inequality: Evidence from the 1965 Voting Rights Act (with Carlos Avenancio-Leon) [Link] 

Can Political Parties Improve Minorities’ Economic Status? Evidence from India (with S. K. Ritadhi) [Link]

No Credit For Time Served? Incarceration and Credit-Driven Crime Cycles (with Carlos Avenancio-Leon) [Link]