I am a PhD Candidate at Georgetown University, Department of Government. I am a recipient of the USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar pre-doctoral fellowship for 2019-20. My dissertation examines the political effects of the privatization of public goods. I develop and test the theory that privatization diminishes the ability of citizens to use political representatives to lobby for better provision, and that this learnt behavior of political expectation and efficacy ‘spills over’ into non-privatized public goods. I test this theory in one of the largest cities in the developing world, Karachi, Pakistan, that is notable for its layered and complex service bureaucracy, featuring both formal and informal privatized public goods and services. I have collected ethnographic data from over ten months of fieldwork in Pakistan between 2017 and 2019, and implemented a survey, including a survey experiment (N=1000), in July 2018. I have also collected an original dataset of over 25,000 service delivery clusters across Karachi’s 16.2m population at the electricity “transformer” level that describe provision and outage at the neighborhood level.
I have taught courses in Politics of South Asia and Comparative Politics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. At Georgetown Univeristy, I have led undergraduate seminars on Comparative Politics, Civil War and Conflict and have mentored the Political Economy Undergraduate Capstone. When I am not doing fieldwork in Karachi, I enjoy hiking in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, and have completed treks to multiple high-altitude glaciers in the region. I hope to one day combine my interest in micro-politics and my love for being in the wilderness by working on community-led conservation and the politics of climate change.
Contact me at eah111 at georgetown dot edu. Download my CV here.