About ME

I am a health economist studying nutrition & health, health insurance and food systems in developing countries. I have experience in designing & implementing impact evaluations in India. I am familiar with managing large databases for research and have successfully led academic and field teams in various projects.  I utilize insights from inter-disciplinary research and my field-work to add nuance to my research. I have used research tools such as qualitative interviews, participant observation techniques, focus group discussions and participatory rural appraisals in my field work to complement survey data collection. My work has been published in academic papers, books, reports and blogs. 

My goal is to work with alongside academics in designing and implementing cost effective health policy that improves health and economic well-being of less privileged individuals.


Postdoc Achievement Award for Excellence in Leadership, Cornell University, 2019
Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2016
Graduate Student Travel Grant, Graduate Student Association, 2015
Travel Grant, Department of Economics, 2014 & 2015
Grant in Aid, Taraknath Das Foundation, c/o The South Asia Institute, Columbia University, 2013
Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award, University of California, Riverside, 2011 to 2016
Merit Scholarship, M.Sc. Economics, Anna University, Madras School of Economics, 2005-2006
Received the ‘Outstanding Performance’ Award for the class of 2006, Madras School of Economics


PhD Economics (2016) 
University of California, Riverside

Masters in Economics (2013) (MA) 
University of California, Riverside

Masters in Economics (2006) (MSc) 
Madras School of Economics, Anna University
Chennai, India

Bachelor of Economics (2004)
Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University