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.

Krishanu Chakraborty | Project Manager (Research), J-PAL South Asia

Krishanu Chakraborty is a Project Manager (Research) at J-PAL South Asia, where he is currently working on the Learning Lab, an initiative to conduct computer-based randomized evaluations of interventions to improve math and language pedagogy in India (led by Karthik Muralidharan and Alejandro Ganimian) and the Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) India country team.

Krishanu has an undergraduate degree in computer science and engineering from West Bengal University of Technology and a graduate diploma in rural management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. He is interested in education, labor markets and alternative governance.

Prior to joining J-PAL South Asia, Krishanu worked at the government, infrastructure, and development unit of the social sector consultancy practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India; AISECT; and Cognizant Technology Solutions.

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. 

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

Putul Gupta is a Research Manager 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).

Putul has an undergraduate degree in English from St. Stephen's College at the University of Delhi and an master's degree in sociology from the University of Oxford. She has worked on randomized evaluations across the health, government, and education sector in India. She also works on several initiatives across the policy, research, and training teams at J-PAL South Asia; provides advisory support on scale-ups of interventions found effective through randomized evaluations; and helps develop new evaluations.

Former research managers

Tanay Balantrapu | Consultant, World Bank

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

María Cortelezzi | Executive Director, Proyecto Educar 2050


Research associates

Iti Bhargava | Research Associate, J-PAL South Asia

Iti Bhargava is a Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia, where she is currently working on two studies: 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) and a randomized evaluation of a national apprenticeship program in India (led by Abhijit Banerjee, Marianne Bertrand, Bruno Crepón, and Isaac Mbiti). 

Iti has an undergraduate degree in economics from Christ University, Bangalore. Prior to joining J-PAL, she was a research assistant at the Indo-German Center for Sustainability at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Aditi Bhowmick | Research Associate, J-PAL South Asia

Aditi Bhowmick is a Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia, where she 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).

Aditi has an undergraduate degree in economics and government from Cornell University. Prior to joining her current project, she worked on a randomized evaluation of a school quality assurance system in Madhya Pradesh (led by Karthik Muralidharan and Abhijeet Singh), which is part of the Research on Improving Systems in Education (RISE) evaluation portfolio in India.

Aditi is an aspiring gender-education policy influencer, and is addicted to creative expression – writing and art. She has been working on bringing together her love for writing and engagement with development policy by working with the J-PAL South Asia media team. She hopes to pursue public policy in graduate school and return to India to work in the gender education policy space with government.

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). 

Rashmi Menon | Senior Research Associate, J-PAL South Asia

Rashmi Menon is a Senior Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia, where she is currently working on three studies: a descriptive study of the arithmetic skills of working children in Delhi, India (led by Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Alejandro Ganimian, and Elizabeth Spelke); a randomized evaluation of an initiative that recruits college students to teach math and science in public schools in Maharashtra, India (led by Alejandro Ganimian and Isaac Mbiti); and a randomized evaluation of an initiative that seeks to install closed-circuit television cameras in secondary schools in Delhi, India (led by Urmi Bhattacharya, Alejandro Ganimian, and Karthik Muralidharan).

Rashmi has an undergraduate degree in economics from Fergusson College. Her broad research interests include grassroots development, social innovation and impact evaluation. She is particularly interested in exploring interventions that improve the access to and quality of school education for disadvantaged communities. Prior to joining J-PAL, she worked on the large-scale assessments and 21st-century skills portfolios of the Central Square Foundation. She was also a Teach for India fellow for two years at a low-income public school in Pune, Maharashtra. 

Anuja Venkatachalam | Senior Research Associate, J-PAL South Asia

Anuja Venkatachalam is a Senior Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia, where she is currently working on the Learning Lab, an initiative to conduct computer-based randomized evaluations of interventions to improve math and language pedagogy in India (led by Karthik Muralidharan and Alejandro Ganimian).

Anuja has an undergraduate degree in economics from Mount Carmel College and a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining her current project, she worked 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).

Prior to joining J-PAL South Asia, Anuja worked for IT for Change where she assisted in the evaluation and dissemination of “Making Women’s voices and votes count”, a women empowerment initiative funded by UN Women.

Former research associates

Smit Gade | Data and Research Manager, Good Business Lab

Roshni Khincha | Consultant, World Bank

Sivaranjani Sivamohan | Program Manager, Central Square Foundation


Research consultants

Mustufa Patel | Research Consultant, J-PAL South Asia

Mustufa Patel is a Research Consultant at J-PAL South Asia, where he is currently working on a randomized evaluation of an initiative that recruits college students to teach math and science in public schools in Maharashtra, India (led by Alejandro Ganimian and Isaac Mbiti).

Mustufa has an undergraduate degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from Lancaster University, during which he spent a year at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to joining his current project, he worked on a randomized evaluation of whether cricket tournaments help integration of men of different castes in rural northern India. Prior to joining J-PAL, he was an intern for Teach for India, volunteered as a teaching assistant with the United Nations Development Program in Chile, and he worked for the office of Corporate Affairs with Members of Parliament and the British Army Reserves.

Krishna Prasad S | Research Consultant, J-PAL South Asia

Krishna Prasad is a Research Consultant at J-PAL South Asia, where he 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).

Krishna has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Madras and a master's degree in economics from the University of Mumbai. His research interests include the economics of education, gender, and labor markets. Prior to joining his current project, he worked on a randomized evaluation of an initiative to improve women's agency and women labor supply in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Former research consultants

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