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Siddharth Chandra

Professor, James Madison College and Director, Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University

Siddharth Chandra is a professor at Michigan State University's (MSU) James Madison College and Director of MSU's Asian Studies Center. He also holds a courtesy appointment with MSU's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. His research interests include behavior and policy relating to addictive substances, the intersection of economics, health and history in Asia, and applications of portfolio theory to fields outside finance, for which the theory was originally developed.

Chandra received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University, A.M. (Ph.D. pass) in economics from the University of Chicago, and B.A. (with honors) in economics from Brandeis University. Prior to joining Michigan State University, he was Director of the Asian Studies Center and Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.


  • 2009–2020
    Professor, Michigan State University
  • 2003–2009
    Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1997–2003
    Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh


  • 1997 
    Cornell University, Ph.D. in Economics
  • 1992 
    University of Chicago, M.A. in Economics
  • 1991 
    Brandeis University, B.A. in Economics (Hons.)