Curriculum Vitae (PDF) (As of October, 2013)

Research Interests

Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Public Economics


University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Ph.D., Economics, May 2012
  • Dissertation: Water Rights and Agricultural Productivity: Evidence from India
  • Committee: Dr. Aimee Chin (Advisor), Dr. Scott Imberman, Dr. Dietrich Vollrath
M.A., Economics, May 2009
B.Sc. summa cum laude, Economics, May 2007

Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - August 2012 - present


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Business Statistics (undergraduate)

Public Finance (undergraduate)
Principles of Microeconomics (undergraduate)

Working Papers
  1. Impact of Temporary Work Guarantee Programs on Children's Education: Evidence from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act of India (with Abhilasha Singh)
  2. State Rights over Water and Agricultural Productivity: Evidence from the Krishna Basin (Under Review)
  3. What is the Return to Attending a Non-Elite Private College? (with Scott Imberman, Michigan State University)

Works in Progress 

  1. Female Inheritance Rights, Status of Women and Intrahousehold Resource Allocation: Evidence from India (with Aimee Chin, University of Houston)
  2. Evaluating the Impact of the Indian National Rural Employment Guarantee Act on the Girl Child (with Nayana Bose, Vanderbilt University)


Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, LA, November 23-25, 2013

Association for Indian Economic and Financial Studies, Mumbai, India, Aug 2-3, 2013
Georgetown Center for Economic Research Biennial Conference, Washington D.C., May 2013
Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, LA, November 16-18, 2012
North American Productivity Workshop, Houston, TX, June 6-9, 2012
Southern Economic Association, Washington D.C., November 19-21, 2011

STATA Texas Empirical Microeconomics Conference, College Station, TX, September 9-10, 2011

Graduate Student Workshop, University of Houston, Fall 2010, Spring 2011

Conferences Attended

10th Midwest International Economic Development Conference, Madison, WI, April 2013
ASSA, San Diego, January, 2013
Conference on Gender, Health and Economic Development, University of Houston, April 2010

Texas Camp Econometrics, Montgomery, TX, February 2010

Texas Monetary Conference, Houston, TX, April 2009

Texas Camp Econometrics, New Braunfels, TX, January 2009


    Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program
    • Jaime Carreno
    • Alejandra Contreras

Professional Affiliation

Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM)
Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)

American Economic Association (AEA)

Southern Economic Association (SEA)

Service Activities

College-Level Service:
  • College of Business and Economics International Committee 2012-2015
    • Chair of the committee (2013-2014)
  • College of Business and Economics Mentoring Program (2013- present)

University-Level Service:
  • University International Committee 2013-2014
    • College of Business and Economics Representative
Department-Level Service:
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Economics Department Seminar Series 2013-present
    • Co-organizer with Eylem Ersal
  • UW-Whitewater Department of Economics Microeconomics Recruiting Committee 2013-2014
    • Member
Professional Service:
  • Referee : Women and Health

Awards and Fellowships

Certificate of University Teaching, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Houston, TX, August 2011
Graduate Assistant Tuition Fellowship, Fall 2007 - present
Cullen Supplemental Fellowship, Fall 2007 - Spring 2009


Available upon request