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UC San Diego is a global society of scholars dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through education and research. The 21st Century India Center will support faculty and research affiliates from a variety of disciplines including business and management, economics and political science and more from accross campus.

  • Prashant Bharadwaj

    Prashant Bharadwaj

    Prashant Bharadwaj is professor in the Department of Economics. His research interests are development and labor economics, with a focus on the interactions between fertility, health and labor markets. His research on India has included studies on infant mortality rates, population transfer, child labor, gender-based sexual violence and more. Bharadwaj is currently a co-editor at Journal of Human Resources and an associate editor at the Journal of Development Economics and the Journal of Health Economics.
  • Michael Davidson

    Michael Davidson

    Michael Davidson is an assistant professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the Jacobs School of Engineering. His research focuses on the engineering implications and institutional conflicts inherent in deploying renewable energy at scale. He is particularly interested in systems within emerging electricity markets, including China and India, as well as the western U.S. Davidson is also a former Fulbright Scholar and has received fellowships from the MIT Energy Initiative and Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability.
  • Teevrat Garg

    Teevrat Garg

    Teevrat Garg is an associate professor of economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy. He works on a variety of issues in economics, with a focus on applications to environmental problems in low-and middle-income countries, including India. His current research projects include uncovering causal mechanisms that link ecosystem health to human health and the distributional consequences of adaptation to climate change. He has co-authored papers on “The Health Costs of Coal-Fired Power Plants in India,” as well as the relationship between “Temperature and Human Capital in India.”
  • Gaurav Khanna

    Gaurav Khanna

    Gaurav Khanna is an assistant professor of economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy whose research focuses on development economics, labor economics and applied econometrics. Many of his current projects concentrate on education policy, high-skill immigration, infrastructure, public-works programs, conflict and crime. He has published multiple papers on education and economic development in India. Prior to joining the School of Global Policy and Strategy, Khanna was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C., and a consultant for the World Bank’s Poverty and Inequality Unit.
  • Craig McIntosh

    Craig McIntosh

    Craig McIntosh is a professor of economics at the School of Global Policy and Strategy whose expertise focuses on program evaluation. His main research interest is the design of institutions that provide financial services to micro-entrepreneurs. He has conducted field evaluations of innovative anti-poverty policies in Sri Lanka, Mexico, Guatemala, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. McIntosh also serves as co-director of the Policy Design and Evaluation Lab at UC San Diego.
  • Karthik Muralidharan

    Karthik Muralidharan

    Karthik Muralidharan is the Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics at UC San Diego. His primary research interests include development, public and labor economics. Specifically, he is driving innovative research on educational inequity and poverty alleviation in India. He is also an advisor to NITI Aayog, an influential Indian government body responsible for policy coordination, where he helps drive education policy implementation.
  •  Gareth Nellis

    Gareth Nellis

    Gareth Nellis is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science who specializes in comparative politics and political economy. His research focuses on political parties, in particular the origins and persistence of weakly institutionalized party systems in India, and the extent to which parties matter for key development outcomes. He has also studied the drivers of discrimination against internal migrants in India’s fast urbanizing settings.
  • Paul Niehaus

    Paul Niehaus

    Paul Niehaus is an associate professor in the Department of Economics who works to increase flows of capital to people born without it. His research deals with program implementation in developing countries and with learning. He has studied biometric smartcards and identity verification standards in welfare programs in India. He is also co-founder and president of the nonprofit GiveDirectly. In 2013, Foreign Policy named him one of its leading 100 “Global Thinkers.”
  • Anita Raj

    Anita Raj

    Anita Raj is the Tata Chancellor Professor of Medicine and the director of UC San Diego’s Center on Gender Equity and Health. She is also a professor of Education Studies in the Division of Social Sciences. Trained as a developmental psychologist, Raj’s current research focuses on the current state of gender equity and health in India and is directly supported by the Gates Foundation.