I finished my PhD in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego in 2018, after which I taught on a fellowship at Yale-NUS College in Singapore; Iâ€™m currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University. Before graduate school, I was an Americorps VISTA in northern California, and before that I was an undergraduate at Bowdoin, a liberal arts college in Maine. I was born in New York, but spent 13 years growing up in Singapore, where I attended the Singapore American School; since Singapore is close to India, I was able to visit my grandparents often in South India. That upbringing put me right at the crossroads of East and West, which is something Iâ€™m grateful for. While I plan to settle down in the US, I expect to visit India (where my parents now live) often.
I am quiet and most people would probably describe me as shy, but I am a good listener and enjoy talking to people. I also like reading and listening to music. My favorite book is Moby Dick (if you read it and werenâ€™t bored by the whaling lore, we would probably get along). I grew up listening to a lot of Handel, and my love for Western Baroque music continues to this day. Bach is my favorite composer, and the Mass in B Minor is my favorite piece of music. I also enjoy basketball (though I havenâ€™t played in a while) and hiking. I learned a bit of yoga in graduate school, and would like to take that up more seriously in the future. I am also interested in philosophy, and would like to pursue that more systematically and rigorously in the future. My favorite works of philosophy are the Phaedo, Platoâ€™s Symposium, and the Upanishads. I would not consider myself particularly religious, but I have been visiting the Ashram of Ramana Maharishi in Tiruvannamalai with my family since childhood; having read his dialogues, I accept his teachings, and would consider him my Guru.