Mallesh M Pai is the Lay Family Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Rice University, and a CEPR Research Fellow. He is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies (learn more about the wonderful majors the Department of Economics offers here).

His research interests include mechanism design/ auction theory,  and their applications to the design of blockchains and decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols. He has also worked on the economics of privacy, social networks/ social learning and statistical decision theory. 

Prior to joining Rice, Mallesh was a Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor of the Social Sciences at the Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania. He has a PhD in Managerial Economics and Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Browse around on the top to see information about his teaching, research and current CV. He only refers to himself in third person on this page.  His Twitter where he mouths off from time-to-time is below.