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Dr. Ishitha Kumar is currently pursuing her 2nd PhD in finance from Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Prior to joining Emory, she was a senior research fellow at the Centre of Capital Markets and Risk Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. She also completed her PhD in aerospace engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM) and then received the undergraduate degrees in aerospace engineering and applied mathematics.
She has also written seven research papers and some patents, that too, in top aerospace engineering journals. At IITM, she became the recipient of the prestigious Institute Blues award. At Goizueta, her research broadly focuses on financial technology (FinTech) and its impact on the economy. Her research interests include household finance, labor economics, and developmental economics.”
Important points discussed in the video:
1. How did your interest keep evolving from Bachelor’s in Aeronautical Engineering, Bachelor’s in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics to PhD in Propulsion in the department of finance?
2. Please share your experience living in the USA as a research scholar pursuing her 2nd PhD. What strategies or tools an Indian researcher can use to get better outputs in the USA as a researcher/ scholar?
3. How do you balance your time? If several challenges came up at the same time (grant deadline, personal care, family care and managing advice) how would you prioritize?
4. Very interesting questions:
a) What financial advice would you give to a new researcher?
b) Any purchase under INR 5,000 that has made your life better as a researcher and at home?
c) Must read books as a finance researcher
d) Do you think we should celebrate women’s day? (Your perspective
House of Debt by Mian and Sufi https://amzn.to/3LrDMSv
Blank Slate by Steven Pinker https://amzn.to/38b1vbu
Irrational Exuberance by Robert Schiller https://amzn.to/3Dkk20i
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond https://amzn.to/3iNV9kp
What is Life? by Erwin Schrodinger https://amzn.to/3JREkRx