I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
I am interested in collective behavior, computational social science and complex systems. My dissertation on situational collective violence under the supervision of Olga Shvetsova applies complexity theory to understand how violence spreads across time and space. I use bayesian learning theory, agent-based modeling, epidemiological methods, spatial econometrics, and network analysis among other tools to understand how local, spontaneous violent events (riots, lynchings, vigilantism, racist/xenophobic attacks etc.) produce self-organizing global patterns. My latest project maps the diffusion of (cow-related) lynchings across geographical clusters in India following an epidemic pattern.