I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in development economics and political economy at U.C. Berkeley, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. I strive to create a classroom environment that welcomes student involvement and creativity, often pausing to gather questions, reactions, and counter-arguments from my students. No matter how large the class, I try to turn each lecture into a dialogue. I also regularly organize the development economics seminar and the student development lunch workshop at Berkeley, and am an active advisor of Ph.D. students, having served on over 100 Ph.D. dissertation committees, supervised multiple post-doctoral researchers, and advised many undergraduate thesis projects. I am honored to have received several teaching awards at Berkeley, including the Best Graduate Advisor Award (Economics Department Graduate Economics Association, 2004-05), the Distinguished Teaching Award in the Social Sciences Division (2003-04), the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, and the 2015 Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award. In 2017 I developed an open online course "Transparent and Open Social Science Research" through FutureLearn, together with Dr. Garret Christensen and other colleagues at BITSS.
This course will examine leading issues in development economics, with a focus on how they relate to Sub-Saharan Africa. This course will also explore the empirical methods used to rigorously measure the impact of development and anti-poverty programs.
This course covers leading research issues in Development Economics, with a particular focus on macroeconomic growth empirics, psychology and economics, political economy, and human capital topics. It is taught at a level appropriate for Ph.D. students in Economics and related fields. (Co-taught with Prof. Supreet Kaur.)