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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Reshmaan Hussam, 2010

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Reshmaan Hussam is the child of immigrants from Bangladesh

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Reshmaan (Reshma) Hussam is an assistant professor of business administration in the Business, Government, and International Economy Unit at the Harvard Business School. Her research explores questions at the intersection of development, behavioral, and health economics. Previously, she was a post-doctoral research associate at the Economic Growth Center at Yale. She received her PhD in developmental economics at MIT. 

Reshmaan is the daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants to this country. She was born in Virginia.

Reshmaan graduated from MIT as a Burchard Scholar (a member of the Institute's interdisciplinary honors program) in 2009 with a major in economics.

Reshmaan has undertaken empirical and interview-based research on such subjects as teenage pregnancy, dowries and independence of women in financial decisions, and the effects of patriarchy on the implementation of micro-credit. She has also taken leadership roles in MIT's interfaith dialogue group and the MIT Muslim Students Association. She served as a youth columnist for America's Muslim Family Magazine and an editor of a Cambridge-wide journal on Islam and society, Ascent Magazine.

Education
  • PhD Economics | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2016
  • BS Economics | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2009
Work History
  • Economic Growth Center at Yale, Post Doctoral Research Associate
  • Harvard Business School, Assistant Professor of Business Administration