Hello, I'm Saumya.

I am currently a postdoctoral associate at the W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy, University of Rochester, and will be joining as an assistant professor of economics at the Thapar School of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Fall of 2022. I am a microeconomic theorist and my current work focuses on problems in political economy, social norms, identity, and public policy.

I am particularly interested in studying how complex relationships between institutions, public policy, and identity jointly affect cooperation and conflict. 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 decisions, and gridlocks arising from coalitions formed by ideologically opposite extremes.

Contact: deojain@wustl.edu