My primary research interest is in understanding how markets, states, and civil society interact to shape a variety of organizational and entrepreneurial choices. In my previous work in this theme, I have examined how firms maneuver pluralism in the political arena, which exposes firms to competing public policy prescriptions and introduces cyclicality in public policies. I have also examined how the access social movements gain over the polity shapes entrepreneurial opportunities in the market. I also actively examine how status dynamics in markets push organizations towards misconduct and other forms of risk taking. Recently, I have also been interested in entrepreneurial communities. I have been studying the role of interaction rituals in shaping social exchanges in communities of nascent entrepreneurs and the role of stratification in market emergence in unusual places – war zones, refugee camps, and aboriginal communities. My papers in these themes have appeared in or are forthcoming in prestigious journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science.