Chitra Jogani earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Presidency College in India, a master’s in quantitative economics from the Indian Statistical Institute, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in development economics and political economy and extends her studies into environmental and labor economics. Her research uses theoretical and empirical methods to answer policy-relevant questions. This fall, Jogani will teach “Development Economics,” which will give an introduction to the economy of lower- and middle-income countries and will discuss possible solutions to the challenges developing countries encounter.
Peter H. Bent earned an undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Evergreen State College, an M.A. in economics from the University of New Hampshire, an M.Sc. in economic history from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This summer, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Peter has been finalizing two projects that deal with the timely question of how economies recover from major financial crises. His research looks into past economies and the questions he tackles are tied to the world we live in today, especially during the current pandemic-fueled economic crisis. This fall, Bent will teach “Macroeconomic Theory,” which will dive into topics such as financial crises, economic growth, unemployment, and labor markets.