I am a PhD candidate at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and a Non-Resident Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). My research and publications focus on International Relations, regional security of South Asia, and Indian foreign policy.
My dissertation project examines the complex dynamics guiding the Sino-Indian relationship since the middle of the 20th century. My project investigates the role of ideational variables on Indian foreign policy. How do identity, beliefs and norms held by decision-makers in a state, influence foreign policy? I pursue the question by examining cases drawn from India’s policies in its neighborhood, specifically instances where perceptions of China dominate decision-making.
In 2015-2016 I was Junior Fellow in the Space Security Initiative at Jackson School’s International Policy Institute, researching space security policy of Asian powers in general, and India in particular. Prior to this, I have worked with NBR, and the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., and the Institute of International Relations in Taipei, Taiwan.
I have contributed to publications such as Foreign Policy, China Brief, The Diplomat, and The Wire, and provided analysis to Indian news channels like CNN-IBN and CNBC Awaaz in English and Hindi. A more updated list of my publications can be found in the articles tab.
I have experience as a broadcast journalist for some of the most-watched television stations in India. I have widely traveled in India, working as a reporter, producer and anchor in Times Now, CNBC Awaaz (Hindi) and Aaj Tak (Hindi). As a prime-time news anchor, I covered issues crucial to the Indian audience and produced television shows that interviewed government personalities, corporate leaders, and members of the strategic community.
I have a master’s degree in International Affairs from Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. I divide my time between India, Washington, D.C., and Seattle, and have lived in India and Taiwan, where I studied Mandarin Chinese as a Sigur Center Language Study Fellow. I have native fluency in English, Hindi and Bengali.