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Professor of economics and disability studies, Fordham University

Sophie Mitra, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Economics, co-director of the Disability Studies Program and founding director of the Research Consortium on Disability at Fordham University. Her research interests relate to disability, health and international development. She is the author of Disability, Health and Human Development (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018). She has studied the economic impact of disability and mental illness, multidimensional poverty, the association between disability and poverty, the definition of disability. Some of her research is interdisciplinary and uses mixed and participatory methods. She has published in many peer reviewed journals in economics and interdisciplinary journals in disability policy, public health and development studies. She has had visiting positions at Columbia University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). She is a fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association, a Fordham-Columbia research fellow and an affiliate of the Columbia China Center for Social Policy. She has a doctorate in economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Economics, Fordham University