Pratistha Joshi Rajkarnikar


Pratistha Joshi Rajkarnikar’s teaching and research interests broadly focus on economic development and macroeconomic theory and policy. Her recent research examines the consequences of male labor migration from Nepal on women’s empowerment. The study uses a mixed method strategy including fieldwork in different regions of Nepal. Her research covers topics on household power relations, gendered division of labor, and the impacts of out-migration on developing economies. Her work informs policies on labor migration and gender equality.

Pratistha is currently a researcher at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, where she is working on developing educational materials including introductory economics textbooks and teaching modules. She has taught economics in visiting positions at Trinity College and University of Massachusetts Boston.

She received her B.A. degree from Mount Holyoke College (2009) and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst (2017).

Professor Rajkarnikar’s areas of expertise include economic development, macroeconomic theory and policy, as well as gender and migration.