anaka aiyar

Teaching philosophy

When I look at the world at large, I see my students working in different capacities in the academic, policy and business communities. The ability to apply and extend the theories learnt in the classroom to understand real world phenomena allows them to dentify problems and design workable solutions that can be implemented across these domains. This I believe, are important skills that a professor can impart to her students. My own experience has also shown me that when students are able appreciate the uniqueness of the subject, they develop a passion to master it. In order to foster passion and commitment, I design my classes with three specific goals: I help students a) master theory and empirical tools, b) understand the merits and limits of theories and the tools, and c) apply the appropriate tools in gaining insight to real world phenomena. In order to ensure greater engagement with the content and hence facilitate greater learning, I 1) Create a safe learning environment, 2) Utilize multiple tools, in addition to tests, to evaluate students learning outcomes, 3) Mentor students. My students have been highly appreciate of my passion and commitment to teaching, as evidenced by my high teaching evaluations.


Instructor – Department of Economics, University of California, Riverside, 2013 to 2015

Intermediate Macroeconomics (Summer 2013, Fall 2014),  International Trade (Winter 2014, Summer 2014, Summer 2015) 

Teaching Assistant – Department of Economics, University of California, Riverside, 2012 to 2015

Lower Division Courses – Introduction to Microeconomics, Introduction to Macroeconomics, Upper Division Courses – Introduction to Statistics, Introduction to Econometrics, Graduate Courses – Macroeconomic Theory 

(Syllabi and detailed evaluations available on request)


I am looking forward to integrating my research in global food systems, health economics, public policy and nutrtion into classes I will teach.