I have gained invaluable teaching experience at the University of Houston, Ohio University and Dartmouth College.
At University of Connecticut, I teach undergraduate course in Development Economics, where, I focus on micro-issues in development economics and cover a broad array of topics such as Poverty, Education, Health, Child Labor, Micro-insurance, and Political Economy. In this course, I have introduced the role of field experiments and their contributions in answering important policy questions. To crystalize the theoretical concepts learned in the course, towards the end of the semester, my students’ work on a research topic that involves data collection and rigorous statistical analysis using STATA.
I have also designed two new courses at University of Connecticut – PhD level Development Economics and an undergraduate course on Foundations of Gender Inequality. The PhD course in Development Economics provides an overview of the current literature on the microeconomics of development in poor countries. On the methodological side, it equips the students with strong foundation in econometric techniques that researchers use to identify causal relationships. The course on Foundations of Gender Inequality covers four inter-related topics: Gender Gap in Employment, Education, Health and Political Empowerment. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching this course and learned a lot especially from its interactive format that includes class presentations, and extensive and lively discussions.
To expose undergraduate students to real world application of economics, I offer research experience in data analysis, facilitated through my grants and support from my department.
For my teaching skills, I have received commendation from the Provost in the spring, 2015 and won Grillo Family Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2016.
However, the most satisfying experience for me has been the quality of feedback I receive from my students.
Selected student comments:
“I truly enjoyed this class. It has made me think about economics and society in a way that I never have before and I have been impacted personally after having taken this class.”
“I appreciate everything you have shared especially with your own research. I feel that this class has opened my eyes to a lot of these issues that I never thought about before. I also learned a lot from reading all the research papers and I enjoyed studying them. Because of that I decided to work for CCEA as a student research analysis over break to explore more. Thanks for a great semester!”
Courses taught at University of Connecticut
PhD Level Course
Student comments from previous academic institution (Dartmouth College)