Pre-doctoral fellows

Andreas de Barros | Pre-Doctoral Fellow, J-PAL South Asia

Andreas de Barros is a Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Learning Lab, an initiative to conduct computer-based randomized evaluations of interventions to improve math and language pedagogy in India, at J-PAL South Asia. He is a co-investigator with Alejandro Ganimian and Karthik Muralidharan on three ongoing randomized evaluations in India.

Andy is currently a PhD candidate in education policy and program evaluation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on program evaluation and evidence-based policy in less developed countries. His current research portfolio includes a randomized evaluation of a scholarship program in Cambodia (jointly with Felipe Barrera-Osorio and Deon Filmer), a study of the psychometric properties of measures of career readiness in Chile, a quasi-experimental evaluation of the effects of teacher evaluations on student performance in Chile, and a mixed-methods study of determinants of school quality in Botswana, Colombia, and Peru (jointly with Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Sarah Dryden-Peterson, and Paola Uccelli). 

Andy is also a Research Fellow at J-PAL Global. Prior to joining J-PAL South Asia, he worked for the regional office of J-PAL for Latin America and the Caribbean, Innovations for Poverty Action, UNESCO, and the World Bank. He enjoys teaching and has presented at multiple staff and executive trainings in Ghana, India, Kenya, Peru, Sierra Leone, and the United States. Andy is fluent in English, German, and Spanish, and speaks some French.


Research managers

Rashmi Bhat | Project Manager (Research), J-PAL South Asia

Rashmi Bhat is a Project Manager (Research) at J-PAL South Asia, where she is currently working on a randomized evaluation of an initiative to provide diagnostic feedback to public schools to encourage teachers to adopt differentiated instruction in Karnataka, India (led by Abhijit Banerjee, Alejandro Ganimian, and Shobhini Mukerji).

Rashmi has an undergraduate degree in economics from Duke University and a master's degree in social research methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining her current project, she worked on a randomized evaluations of user-friendly hardware design, community management, and randomly assigned behavioral change interventions on community toilet usage in slum communities (led by Sharon Barnhardt, Mushfiq Mobarak, and Judy Chevalier). 

Nicolás Buchbinder | Policy and Research Manager, J-PAL Latin America & the Caribbean

Nicolás Buchbinder is a Policy and Research Manager at J-PAL Latin America & the Caribbean, where he is currently working on the Innovation and Evaluation Hub, an initiative to conduct multiple randomized evaluations in education leveraging existing data from census-based national student achievement tests in Salta, Argentina (led by Alejandro Ganimian).

Nicolás has an undergraduate degree on education from the University of Buenos Aires and a master's degree in international education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining J-PAL, he conducted research on school finance in Argentina for the Inter-American Development Bank and research on education policy for the Education, Economics and Work Research Program in the School of Philosophy and Literature of the University of Buenos Aires.

Nandini Gupta | Research and Training Manager, J-PAL South Asia

Nandini Gupta is a Research Manager at J-PAL South Asia, where she is currently working on a randomized evaluations of several nutrition and education interventions to improve child development in Tamil Nadu, India (led by Alejandro Ganimian, Karthik Muralidharan, and Christopher Walters).

Nandini has an MSc in development economics from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree in economics from Delhi University. She is also engaged with a capacity-building initiative with the Government of Tamil Nadu and J-PAL South Asia. 

 

Former research managers

Tanay Balantrapu | Consultant, World Bank

Urmi Bhattacharya | Associate Head of Monitoring and Evaluation, STiR Education

Krishanu Chakraborty | Manager, ID Insight

María Cortelezzi | National Director of Educational Assessment, Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology of Argentina

Maya Escueta | Candidate in Doctorate of Economics of Education, Teachers College - Columbia University

Putul Gupta | Senior Research Manager, J-PAL South Asia


Research associates

Shobitha Cherian | Research Associate, J-PAL South Asia

Shobitha Cherian is a Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia, where she is currently working on a randomized evaluation of an initiative to provide diagnostic feedback to public schools to encourage teachers to adopt differentiated instruction in Karnataka, India (led by Abhijit Banerjee, Alejandro Ganimian, and Shobhini Mukerji).

Shobitha has an undergraduate degree in economics, mathematics and statistics from Christ University, Bangalore. Prior to her current project, she worked as an intern at J-PAL South Asia on a randomized evaluation of short-run incentives for pre-diabetics and diabetics in Tamil Nadu. Prior to joining J-PAL, she worked as a tax analyst at Ernst and Young LLP.

Sharnic Djaker | Research Associate, J-PAL South Asia

Sharnic Djaker is a Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia, where he is currently working on a randomized evaluation of several nutrition and education interventions to improve child development in Tamil Nadu, India (led by Alejandro Ganimian, Karthik Muralidharan, and Christopher Walters).

Sharnic has an undergraduate degree in economics from Shiv Nadar University and a master's degree in education and international development from the Institute of Education at University College London. He is interested in the fields of economics of education and behavioral sciences. Prior to joining J-PAL, he was a consultant with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). 

Former research associates

Aditi Bhomwick | Candidate in Master of Public Policy, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs

Iti Bhargava | Candidate in Master of International and Development Economics, Yale University

Smit Gade | Data and Research Manager, Good Business Lab

Roshni Khincha | Consultant, World Bank

Rashmi Menon | Senior Associate, Research and Data Analysis, Evidence Action

Sivaranjani Sivamohan | Program Manager, Central Square Foundation

Anuja Venkatachalam | Research Manager, J-PAL South Asia

 

Former research consultants

Riddhima Mishra | Candidate in Master of Public Policy, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Mustufa Patel | Research Consultant, J-PAL South Asia

Krishna Prasad | Research Associate, J-PAL South Asia