Prof. Sonalde Desai
Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, USA
Ph.D. in Sociology, Stanford University
Sonalde Desai (Professor and Centre Director, NCAER-National Data Innovation Center, New Delhi and Distinguished University Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland) is a demographer whose work deals primarily with social transformation and its impact on the lives of individuals with a focus on education, employment, and maternal and child health.
She leads the India Human Development Survey of over 40,000 households which is the only national panel survey in India providing a rich public resource for studying the transformation of the Indian society in the 21st Century. Since April, Desai and her colleagues at NDIC have carried out telephone surveys around COVID-related experiences in Delhi National Capital Region.
She is a frequent contributor to Indian newspapers and serves on the editorial board of Population and Development Review. She received a Ph.D. from Stanford University and post-doctoral training at the University of Chicago and RAND Corporation. Desai has recently been elected President of Population Association of America.