Seema Jayachandran

Professor of Economics
Northwestern University
2211 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Phone: (847) 491-4757


Seema Jayachandran is a Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on economic issues in developing countries, including environmental conservation, gender equality, labor markets, health, and education.

She is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, and the Ecological Society of America's Sustainability Science Award. She serves on the board of directors of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and is the chair of J-PAL's gender sector. She is also co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research's program in Development Economics and co-editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. In addition, she writes regularly for the New York Times and serves on CARE's board of directors.

Prior to joining Northwestern, she was a faculty member at Stanford University. She earned a PhD in economics from Harvard University, a masterís degree in physics and philosophy from the University of Oxford where she was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from MIT.