I am a doctoral candidate at the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University-Newark, and on the 2021-2022 academic job market. My research agenda focuses broadly on public management, social equity, urban education policy, and citizen-state interactions.
My dissertation research focuses on the problem of co-production barriers or facilitators in the U.S. school context. In education literature, parents are usually considered independent agents in making decisions for their wards with the school's necessary information and resources. However, schools themselves are seldom considered as co-decision makers in such contexts. The question I pose today is with a shift in paradigm from traditional public administration to new public service, how does increased collaboration and state-citizen engagement impact low-income schools, and more specifically to the challenges in getting school leadership, staff, and the community to work together towards a shared education vision. Theoretically, my dissertation seeks to situate school-parent co-production mechanisms by bridging frameworks from the sociology of education and public administration literature.
My secondary area of research examines the mechanisms in place for implementing and sustaining equitable social policies at the institutional level. In this regard, along with my co-authors, we have rolled out a state-level survey to address how school principals perceive social equity and its concurrent effect on their school effectiveness. I am also working on a research project to interview school board members of Asian descent to better gauge the importance of representative bureaucracy on school district outcomes.
My tertiary area of research focuses on analyzing citizen-state interactions using new online tools such as social media apps. Using computational methods, I have worked on two co-authored research papers (currently under review) analyzing Twitter text to understand the growing usage of the medium to improve governance relations between different stakeholders. These research projects are focused on both the U.S. context and the South Asian context.
As an international student and woman scholar, I am passionate about fostering meaningful linkages between doctoral students and scholars from the field. As such, I have co-authored a research article, outlining the effects of social support and stress on public administration doctoral students' work-life balance. I have also personally benefitted from being an active member of Academic Women of Public Administration (AWPA), ASPA, and sections such as Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA) and South Asian Section on Public Administration (SASPA). As a 2021 ASPA Founder's Fellow and 2021 Public Administration Theory Network Fellow, I have had the opportunity to engage with amazing scholars and develop my professional goals.