I’m an Economic Researcher at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC. I recently completed my Ph.D in Economics from the University at Albany, SUNY. My dissertation research focuses on using applied microeconometrics to study the relationship between criminal justice involvement and economic outcomes, specifically looking at how labor market opportunities impact recidivism for individuals with criminal records. More generally, I am interested in policy and impact evaluation, specific to workforce, criminal justice, and poverty.
During my Ph.D., I worked as a Research Assistant to Dr. Shawn Bushway on an NIJ funded project to evaluate state mandated criminal background checks for employment in New York State. My dissertation based off this project was awarded the University at Albany Distinguished Dissertation Award. I earlier worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Health Workforce Studies, Albany. I also hold professional experience in Development Economics, having worked on livelihood interventions for the below-poverty-line rural population of a Northern Indian state.
I have a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Mumbai, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, India.