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June 23, 2009

MSU appoints Siddharth Chandra as new Asian Studies Center director

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University has appointed Siddharth Chandra, a recognized expert in economics and international affairs, as director of the Asian Studies Center, effective Aug.15. Chandra will also serve as a professor in MSU’s James Madison College.


“Dr. Chandra is a dynamic leader with an extensive network throughout Asia,” said Jeffrey Riedinger, dean of International Studies and Programs.  “This, along with his successful research career, will enhance our efforts to develop strategic partnerships and opportunities for our faculty within Asia.”


In his new position, Chandra will lead one of the three all-Asian studies centers in the nation that are funded through Title VI of the Higher Education Act.  With more than 90 affiliated faculty members and 83 partnerships with institutions of higher education in Asia, MSU’s Asian Studies Center is among the largest and most diverse in the United States.


Chandra’s academic career began at the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, where he currently holds both administrative and teaching appointments. He is the director of the Title VI East Asian Studies Center and co-director of the Confucius Institute at University of Pittsburgh.


In addition, Chandra teaches, or has taught, a variety of graduate-level courses in economics at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, including economics of development and policy choices, quantitative methods and development, the environment and the economy.


Much of Chandra’s research has focused on the economics of health, public policy and world politics. His current research work is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.


“At MSU, the Asian Studies Center is distinguished by its comprehensive attention to East, Central, South and Southeast Asia,” Chandra said. “I believe this approach toward Asia is essential and a source of strength for the curriculum, faculty research and scope of outreach activities. I look forward to working with faculty and being part of strategic efforts and the center’s accomplishments. ”


After earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brandeis University in 1991, Chandra received a master’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago. His doctoral degree in economics was completed at Cornell University.