Siddharth Chandra

Director, Asian Studies Center

(Ph.D., Economics; Cornell University) Professor Siddharth Chandra’s research interests include behavior and policy relating to addictive substances, the intersection of economics, health, and history in Asia, and applications of portfolio theory to fields outside finance, for which the theory was originally developed. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for his research, which has appeared or will appear in a variety of journals including Emerging Infectious Diseases, Demography, Population Studies, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Tobacco Control, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, the Journal of Research in Personality, the Journal of Regional Science, Land Economics, the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, World Politics, and The British Journal of Political Science . At James Madison College, he teaches a senior seminar titled “Drug policy from Asia to America,” in which students learn about different approaches to drug policy in Asia and the USA. He is also Director of the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University, one of only two centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education as an all-Asia National Resource Center. Prior to joining Michigan State University, he was Director of the Asian Studies Center and Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.