I am a PhD Candidate in Public Policy at Harvard University. I study the political behavior of elites and citizens in South Asia, particularly in Pakistan. My research examines interactions between political actors and the ways in which these interactions shape how politicians represent and respond to citizens.
In my job market paper, I ask how well politicians know what citizens prefer and how they respond to new information about citizen preferences. In two complementary papers, I show that political workers fail to mobilize women even when political elites value women's mobilization and monitor worker effort, and examine how constraints to women's political participation can be eased using non-partisan mobilization campaigns that target men. In other work on comparative political behavior, I study how vote choice is shaped by political connections in rural areas and populist partisanship in urban areas.
My research has been supported by grants from the Jameel - Poverty Action Lab, Department for International Development - UK, International Growth Center, United States Institute of Peace and Economic & Social Research Council - UK. I am a Junior Fellow at the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS) and a Graduate Affiliate at Evidence for Policy Design at Harvard Kennedy School (EPoD), the Institute for Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS) and Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP).
Please contact me at liaqat [at] g [dot] harvard [dot] edu