Hello, I'm Saumya.
I am currently an assistant professor of economics at the Thapar School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Research Associate at the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Rochester. I finished my Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2021. My current work focuses on theoretical problems in political economy, social norms, identity, and public policy.
I am particularly interested in studying the interactions between cooperation, public policy implementation, and social and political institutions. I've worked on projects about the impact of norms of compromise on the cooperation of diverse people, the effect of consumption externalities of identity expression on government and individual decision-making, and gridlocks arising from coalitions formed by ideologically opposite extremes.