Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at the George Washington University. I study Comparative Politics with a focus on ethnic politics, minority-state relations, civil war and Burma/Myanmar politics.
My dissertation examines how and why politically non-dominant ethnic groups develop attachment to the state. I provide a micro-level explanation, emphasizing ordinary citizens’ everyday encounters as an important driver of minority-state relations. I evaluate this theory based on interview data and survey and experimental data collected over 13 months of fieldwork in Myanmar.
This research is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship and Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant.