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

CV: [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] 

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

How Political Representation Reduces Minority Criminal Victimization: Evidence from Scheduled Castes in India (with S. K. Ritadhi) [Link] 

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

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

Publications:

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

Voting for Welfare, California Law Review (2021) (forthcoming)

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]