About me


I grew up in India and hopped across the seas to earn a graduate degree in economics, having completed a BA and an MA in that very subject from The Elphinstone College and The University of Mumbai, (India), respectively. I started at the University of New Hampshire in 1991 but then switched to SUNY at Stony Brook in 1994, moving to the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) in 1998, and finally, oh so finally, receiving my Ph.D. in Political Science in 1999. A year later I moved to the University of Illinois, Chicago, and then five years later I took off for Athens, Ohio.

Unlike the traditional life of an academic I had prior to this Ohio sojourn, the last 15+ years have been fun. I have had the privilege of teaching statistics and R to diverse students, and spent the better part of my days wading through one grant-/contract-funded project or another, often in the realms of K12 education or public health. Almost all of this effort has been spent either on applied research or then on well-defined program evaluations. The bonus has been working with some wonderful colleagues, learning something new every day, and along the way every now and then hopefully making a small contribution to this region we call home.

Take a look at some of the current projects highlighted on this website, and feel free to reach out if you think I can be of some assistance. And thank you for taking the time to visit!