Scenes from the field







I was born in Chennai, India but I've been educated in a few places: Dubai, Delhi, Singapore, Vancouver and finally the US.

Before coming to MIT, I received my undergraduate degree in labor relations from the University of British Columbia, followed by a masters at Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Along the way, I've worked with child carpet workers in Nepal, strikebreakers in Vancouver and immigrant job seekers in Boston. Read more in my CV.

At MIT, I've been able to channel my diverse experiences into a focused research program using economic sociology in the study of low-income occupations in developing economies. I rely on a mix of qualitative (ethnographic, participant observation and interviews) and field experimental methods in my work. Read about my research here.

When I'm not doing research, I enjoy singing and composing music: I've received formal training in Carnatic Indian classical vocal music for over 12 years. I'm also a fan of tennis, swimming and yoga.