I am a tenured associate professor in the department of Economics at UVa. I got my PhD from Brown University. As a development economist, most of my research is in two thematic areas. I use theoretical insights and data to answer questions related to causes and consequences of water scarcity and pollution. I also address issues related to gender-based violence. My other interests are higher education, skilled labor markets, and state capacity in developing countries. My work often uses primary datasets that I generate based on surveys I conduct and is informed by insights from various disciplines. I have conducted extensive field -work in India. I am interested in understanding how technological solutions (systems, processes, tech applications) address development challenges.