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Full Name Smita Ramnarain
Preferred Name Smita
Pronouns she/they
Country United States of America
Affiliation(s) University of Rhode Island
About Me I am an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Rhode Island. My research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, development, and feminist economics. Her work has focused on the gendered political economy of development in the global South, particularly in South Asia. In my work, I examine the gendered impact of economic policies and programs in contexts of economic, social, political, or environmental upheaval (war, complex emergencies, climate change, and/or agrarian crisis) and the consequences of these changes on gender relations and women’s well-being. More recent work has focused on women’s work, social reproduction, and social protection. My work has been published in diverse and interdisciplinary fora – such as Development and Change, Feminist Economics, Gender Pace & Culture, the Community Development Journal and the Forum for Social Economics – and in edited volumes, including the Handbook of Gender in Asia and the Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Heterodox Economics. I use mixed methods in my research and have carried out field work in India and Nepal.  
Expertise by Geography South Asia
Expertise by sub-field Economic Anthropology, Economic Development, Economic Methodology, Feminist Economics / Economics of Gender, Heterodox Economics, Political Economy, Postcolonial Economics