Ph.D. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
M.A. University of Bombay (Mumbai), India
B.A. Sophia College, Bombay (Mumbai), India
Areas of Expertise:
Theoretical Research: 1) Economic Thought: Theory &Philosophy, Methodologies & Practice; 2) Pluralism in Economics
Applied Research: 1) International Development & Poverty Studies; 2) Globalization, Institutions & Development Transformation
Courses I Teach:
- Economics of Development and Poverty
- Economic Thought and Policy
- Microeconomic Theory
- Principles of Macroeconomics
- Principles of Microeconomics (regular terms and summer sessions)
- Senior Seminar
- World Economies
My Saint Michael's:
I joined the college as a faculty member in 2001. Over the years I have realized that, the connection I develop with students, really matters to me. We first get to know each other in class, where I combine conversation and lecture along with spontaneous “call and response” modes of interaction. Our college engenders mentoring as an ethos which when combined with manageable class sizes, makes it possible for me to connect with students during extended sessions in my office to help and reinforce their understanding of the material. These interactions also provide the conversational space not only to explore a variety of topics related their career and academic interests but also lighter conversations about music and food for example. As a teacher, advisor and mentor in a residential liberal arts college, I am able to develop an ongoing relationship with many of my students, mentees and advisees during their four year college career which often continues after they have graduated.The kind of personal investment we make in each one of our students is a mutually reinforcing process between students, faculty and all those connected with them in a variety of capacities outside of classes. These relationships create our evolving institutional ethos and collective values at the college.
As a social scientist, specifically an economist, I understand the world as a social construct. The economy is socially, philosophically and culturally embedded, simultaneously shaping and shaped by values, through historical time and by events. The economy is alterable, evolving, and most importantly complex. My commitment to scholarship, teaching, and service are articulations of how I understand and live in the world. These three aspects of an academics avocation, for me are expressions of living both consciously and conscientiously.
My thoughts on Teaching:
Teaching entails a personal investment and a commitment, inextricably tied to a social responsibility of imparting and inculcating young people with the requisite knowledge to understand the society that they not only inhabit but also help create and shape. Given my own proclivities and personality, teaching for me is highly interactive, can be quite animated and yet with a seriousness of purpose. I am an academic, living the life of the mind navigating it often unevenly, through questions, introspection, even doubt and an insatiable appetite to study.
A professors approach to teaching inevitably derives from their personality and their social consciousness that defines their interests, passion and intellectually driven commitments. My classes are centered on a carefully planned arc of content, i.e., a ‘purpose’ without which the plan by itself is devoid of any essence. All my courses at all levels contain relevant depth and breadth of thinking.
We expose students to a world of ideas in our respective disciplines and thereby impart education. But our work as academic’s especially at a liberal arts institution is also a social avocation especially because smaller colleges are committed to a personal approach to imparting education. What this affords those of us in these smaller institutions is to have an experience with our students and teaching that is significantly different from that of larger universities. Teaching, mentoring and research culminate to inspire young people both in their individual spheres and shape the way that they approach life.