Assistant Professor of Applied Economics
Institutions: MIT Sloan School of Management
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Marital Status: Single
Education: Yale University, PhD, Economics
Yale University, MPhil, Economics
Yale University, MA, Economics
Yale University, MA, International and Development Economics
Trinity College, Cambridge University, BA, Economics
Courses: Applied Macroeconomics
At MIT: Since 2006
Before MIT: Graduate student at Yale University
Fun Fact: I am fluent in English; Punjabi (a language indigenes to the region in the Indian sub-continent that straddles the border between India and Pakistan); and Swahili. I have a fair grasp of Hindi and basic working of knowledge of French.
Tavneet Suris is a development economist who investigates whether improvements in infrastructure, technology, and agriculture lead to improved economies in developing nations. With a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa, her research currently spans Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. She regularly spends time in the field, managing multiple research projects and on-the-ground data collection. Organizations such as the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, and MIT’s Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab all rely on Professor Suris’s fieldwork and expertise.
Last January I was preparing to travel to Kenya to conduct research on sanitation in the slums of Nairobi. On the recommendation of a classmate, I emailed Professor Suri to see if she could lend me some advice. She emailed back immediately and enthusiastically invited me to come to her office the next day.
Within minutes of meeting her, she introduced me to her team on the ground in Kenya and instructed them to help me with whatever I needed. She reached out to a variety of important stakeholders in the sanitation space and set up meetings for us. I was simply blown away by her generosity and trust in me. That has continued throughout the past year. Whenever I need help or a recommendation, she has stepped up without any hesitation. — David Auerbach, MIT Sloan MBA, Class of 2011
Professor Suri proposes a perfect balance between theory and practical applications. The way she presents the macro-economic situation of developing countries – especially that of East African countries – is amazing. Her approach uses well-known academic frameworks and illustrates them with precise examples that are country and culture specific. This allows us to gain a clearer vision of the macro economical effects on a particular country. — Aymeric Sarrazin, MIT Sloan MBA, Class of 2011
Tavneet Suri is among “The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40“