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Dinsha Mistree is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he manages the Program on Strengthening US-Indian Relations. He is also a research fellow in the Rule of Law Program at Stanford Law School, where he teaches courses on state-building and global poverty.

Dr. Mistree studies the relationship between governance and economic growth in developing countries. His scholarship concentrates on the political economy of legal systems, public administration, and education policy, with a regional focus on India. Recent and forthcoming scholarship includes a co-edited volume examining the state of India’s democracy (with Larry Diamond and Sumit Ganguly), a series of studies of Indian legal reform and economic development (with Erik Jensen), a comparison of government regulation in India’s hardware and software industries, a project on the regulation of food adulteration across South Asia, one of the largest quantitative studies of management practices in Indian higher education, and a series of education-focused experiments with Indian students. These experiments include measuring the employment returns of learning English, how to effectively teach digital literacy, and how to encourage safe health practices during the COVID pandemic. His other work has appeared or is forthcoming at Brookings, Stanford Law Review, Social Science and Medicine, Public Administration Review, and Comparative Politics.

Dr. Mistree holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Politics from Princeton University, along with an S.M. and an S.B. from MIT. He previously held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford’s CDDRL and was a Visiting Scholar at IIM-Ahmedabad.

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