Disha Shende

Academic Specialties and Other Interests

I am a professor in Economics and Business at Beloit College. I teach several courses including Principles of Economics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Economics of Race and Inequality, Business Analytics and Analytics with SQL in the economics department. My research interests are in Public (Health) Economics and International Development. Specifically, I am interested in looking at the health issues of different communities with a focus on disadvantaged social groups (including castes in India) and gender. I am also interested in studying the changing dynamics of health plans in health insurance markets in the United States. I also mentor students for their independent research projects in the economics department.

Additionally, I contribute to the Data Science and Data Analytics (DSDA) major at Beloit College. As part of this major, I teach Introduction to Data Science and Data Analytics course. In the DSDA major, I recently joined a new initiative called Data Clinic where I would be mentoring students for their projects where they partner with local communities to find answers the real-world issues by collecting and analyzing their data.

I like to think of myself as a friendly and approachable faculty with whom students can share their academic as well as personal concerns. I enjoy being in an academic environment where I get to interact with students to exchange knowledge and different ideas. As a former international student, I understand the struggles of students coming from abroad to our college. Hence, I like to share my experiences with them which can help them feel more comfortable in the new environment. I am looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you more as you join our campus community!

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