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Cornell University

Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

Dr. Sunaina Dhingra


Sunaina Dhingra is an assistant professor in the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy at O.P. Jindal Global University in India. She was a postdoctoral associate at TCI. Her research addressed the extent to which early childhood (pre-school) exposure to India’s Integrated Child Development Scheme affects cognitive, schooling, and anthropometric outcomes once children age out of the intervention and begin to attend primary school. Her other research interest lies in examining the role of women’s bargaining power in intra-household decision-making and how that may influence the gender bias in human capital investments in children. She obtained her PhD in economics from the Delhi School of Economics in March 2018 under the mentorship of Prof. JV Meenakshi and Dr. Deepti Goel. Her thesis attempts to evaluate the principal drivers of nutritional and education outcomes for children in rural India in general, and for girls in particular. Prior to joining TCI, she was employed as an assistant professor by the Department of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics, where she provided teaching support to master’s students.