2022 —                   Associate Professor of Sociology, CRIS, Sciences Po, Paris

2022 —                   Scientific Director of GLM master’s program, Urban School, Sciences Po, Paris

2015-2022            Assistant Professor of Sociology, OSC, Sciences Po, Paris

2013-2015             Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Economy, DPIR, University of Oxford

2012-2013            Teaching Fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown  University

2011-2012            Research Assistant, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, Brown  University

2009-2011             Managing Editor, City & Community

2007-2009             Editorial Associate, Studies in Comparative International Development

2006-2009             Research Assistant, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, Brown  University

2003-2005             Teaching and Research Assistant, Cornell University

2002-2003             Independent Instructor, National College, Mumbai, India


HDR, Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, Sciences Po, Paris (November 2020)

Ph.D., Brown University, Sociology (2013)

M.Sc., Cornell University, Communications (2006)

Diploma, Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, India (2000)

B.A. (Hons.), Lady Shri Ram College, India, Psychology (1998)


Undergraduate Council Teaching and Advising Award, Brown University (2013)

George Award, Qualitative and Multi-method Research section, American Political Science Association (2011): awarded for the paper Cammett and Issar (2010)


2023    ‘Thinking Southern Urbanism through Incentive Floor Space Index’, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, School of Public Policy

2022    ‘Nuisance law and the Committee of Buildings in late 18th-century Bombay’ Common Law Research Seminar, Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory

2021      ‘Institutional Change and the Affordable Care Act’ (with Matthias Dilling), Nuffield Political Science Seminar, University of Oxford

2019    ‘The political economy of urban regulations’, RC21 New Delhi, India

2018    Public talk, ‘The Great Mumbai Fire of 1803’ at Alliance Francaise, Mumbai

2017    ‘Policy, implementation, forbearance? Informal housing in Mumbai, 1880-2015’, International Development Research Seminar Series, LSE

2016    ‘The Role of Failed, Fumbled or Foiled Plans in Institutional Change’ (with Matthias  Dilling), Sciences Po, Paris

2016   ‘Documents, Power and Rule Ambiguity’, Department of Methodology Seminar, LSE

2016   ‘Nuts and Bolts: Fieldnotes, Analysis, Writing’, Nuffield Qualitative Methods  Seminar, University of Oxford, UK

2015    ‘The Politics of Urban Density, Mumbai 1880-2015’, OSC, Sciences Po, Paris.

2015    ‘Codes of Construction: Building Regulations and ‘Slum’ Housing in Mumbai, 1880-2010’. Negotiating Change in Urban Spaces conference, University of Oxford

2015    ‘Policy sequencing and low-income housing, Mumbai 1880-2010’, DPIR Seminar, University of Oxford

2015    ‘Concepts of Rules in Interdisciplinary Perspective’, Constitutional Studies Seminar, University of Oxford

2015    ‘Thinking about Rules’, Nuffield Postdoctoral Seminar Series’, University of Oxford

2014    ‘Theorizing and Analyzing Qualitative Data’, at the Qualitative Methods Workshop, DPIR and Nuffield College, University of Oxford

2014    ‘Constitutional Rules and Patterns of Cabinet Termination’, Fixed Term Parliaments Conference, University of Oxford

2014    ‘Documents, Power and Historical Method’, the Long 19th c. Seminar, History Faculty, University of Oxford

2014    ‘A two-dimensional typology of early government terminations’, APSA, Washington DC, USA

2014    ‘Qualitative Data Analysis’, at the Qualitative Methods Workshop, DPIR and Nuffield College, University of Oxford

2013    ‘Policy Sequencing and the Slum-Regulation Link, Bombay 1880-2010’, Nuffield Postdoctoral Seminar Series, University of Oxford

2013    ‘The Slum as Negotiated Compromise in Mumbai, 1880-2010’, Marginality Conference, Brown University, RI

2013    ‘Why Compare Across Time’, Comparative Cities conference, Brown University, RI

2012    ‘Building Markets: Urban Policy and Neoliberal Transitions’, American Sociological Association, Denver, CO

2011    ‘Transforming the City: Institutional Stasis and Change in Mumbai, 1900-2010’, Social Science History Association, Boston, MA

2011    ‘Rethinking Welfare Dependence in a Post-Reform Era: The Case of Food Assistance’, Annual American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, NV

2010    ‘Beyond Price: Housing Markets and the Moral Economy of Commodification (in Mumbai, India)’, American Sociological Association, Atlanta, GA

2009   Harvard University’s Middle Eastern Studies Group, ‘Bricks and Mortar Clientelism: Sectarianism and the Logics of Social Provision in Lebanon,’ with Melani Cammett, April 28

2009    Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, ‘Bricks and Mortar Clientelism: The Political Geography of Welfare in Lebanon’, with Melani Cammett, October 14

2008   ‘State Scalar Structures: A Comparative Analysis of US Welfare Spends’, American Sociological Association, Boston, MA.

2008   ‘Re-entry into the Food Stamps Program and Welfare Transitions: An Event History Analysis’, (with Hilary Silver). American Sociological Association Meetings, Boston, MA.

2007    ‘Land-use politics: State and non-state actors in Mumbai, India’, Eastern Sociological Society, Philadelphia, PA.

2006    ‘Metaphors of Ethnographic Practice: Examples from Ethnographies of Science’, American Sociological Association, Montreal, Canada