Pareena’s primary responsibility is to help support Yale’s South Asia initiative and undertake other duties as assigned. Prior to joining Yale, Pareena held several academic leadership roles. Pareena received her M.A. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University. She started her academic career at the University of Minnesota Morris, a public liberal arts college, and served at the institution as a tenured faculty member in economics and an academic administrator for 17 years. An international development economist by training, her disciplinary research explores the intersections of gender, families, the economy and politics, particularly issues of household decision-making, dowry, and political participation. More recently her research and writing have focused on higher education issues. Pareena has served on several national boards, including the American Conference of Academic Deans and Council of Independent Colleges, Chief Academic Officer Board. She is currently also a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges & Universities.