Amit graduated from Cornell University with a Ph.D. in Development Sociology. He joined the University of Chicago as the Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Sociology in the Division of Social Sciences. While at Cornell, Amit’s work focused on the connections between seasonal labor migration and local economic development in central India, spanning the fields of rural sociology, development economics and anthropology of labor. His broad research objective was to examine the linkages and tensions between the effects of non-farm employment on seasonal migrant worker households’ vis-à-vis the development of the local economy in rural Vidarbha. Amit examined the effects of non-farm employment on the distribution of household expenditures in farmworker households and intra-household gender inequality. He believes that decisions on how money is spent, who benefits from the money, and its short- and long-term effects on household poverty are critical to understanding the implications of non-farm employment. Before coming to Cornell, Amit finished a Master’s in Agricultural Economics as well as Environmental Sciences from the Ohio State University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai.
Read Amit’s dissertation: Changes in Men’s and Women’s Economic Roles in Rural Indian Households, 2009-2014