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, Sloan Research Fellowship, and the Ecological Society of America's Sustainability Science Award. She serves on the board of directors for 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, Jayachandran 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.