About the Event

Nishith Prakash, Professor of Public Policy and Economics; Shantanu Khanna, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics; and Sara Constantino, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Policy at Northeastern University, will share how they designed their current research study, Shaping Minds: The Transformative Effects of Theater-Based Learning in India.

The project will examine the effects of using interactive and experiential theater-based techniques to train a small group of trainers, who in turn will work with students from across 100 schools in the Uttarakhand state of India. It recently received pilot funding through the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab's Learning for All Initiative (LAI).

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About the Speakers

Nishith Prakash is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics with a joint appointment with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Economics at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Before joining Northeastern University, he was an associate professor of economics with a joint position with the Department of Economics and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. 

Born and raised in Bihar, India, he earned a B.A. (honors) in economics from Shivaji College, an M.A. in economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University (India), and a Ph.D. in economics from University of Houston, TX. He was a post-doctoral research associate at Cornell University, NY from July 2010 – December 2011. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Yale, Columbia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, and Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School.

Sara Constantino is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. She works broadly on social and environmental policy and decision-making. Her research focuses on understanding the interplay between individual, institutional and ecological factors on perceptions, policy preferences and resilience to extreme events or shocks. In particular, recent studies look at the role of polarization, social norms and governance in stimulating or stifling support for climate action. She also works on the impacts and politics of basic income programs.

Before starting at Northeastern, she was an associate research scholar at Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs and a lecturer at the High Meadows Environmental Institute. Before this, she was senior research fellow in guaranteed income with the Jain Family Institute and a founding editor at Nature Human Behavior. She received her bachelor's degree in economics from McGill University, a master's degree in economics from University College London, and a Ph.D. in cognitive sciences, with a focus on learning and decision-making in dynamic environments, from New York University.

Shantanu Khanna is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Northeastern University and a Research Affiliate at IZA.  His primary fields of interest are development economics, labor economics, and public economics. His research explores issues like inequality, hiring, and wage discrimination, women's empowerment, job creation, and the impacts of public policies on firms and workers. Shantanu was awarded a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.

About the Nardone Family Seminar Series

Made possible by a gift from David R. Nardone, this seminar series brings scholars and practitioners to Northeastern University to share insights on emerging markets.   

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