I study entrepreneurs that are tackling global social and environmental challenges like poverty, climate change, and inequality.
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon's School of Planning, Public Policy and Management. My research agenda focuses on the intersection of entrepreneurship and society, and follows two broad tracks: Social entrepreneurship (and related concepts like impact investing, venture philanthropy, and nonprofits) & entrepreneurial ecosystems (including policies and programs that support early-stage ventures). I include issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout my research by focusing on traditionally marginalized entrepreneurs, underdeveloped regions, and challenging institutional environments.
I was previously Research Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a policy program of the Aspen Institute, where I co-founded the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative. This unique public-private partnership has aggregated data from over 19,000 social ventures that applied to over 275 accelerator programs around the world.
My book (co-authored with Peter Roberts) Observing Acceleration: Uncovering the Effects of Accelerators on Impact-Oriented Entrepreneurs blends these survey data with insights from sector experts and sheds light on what is (and isn’t) working in social venture acceleration. My research has also been published in Public Administration Review, Voluntas, and Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.
I received my PhD in Public Policy and Administration from the George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration in 2015. I am originally from Bombay (Mumbai), and I have a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from the University of Mumbai.