Dr. Nirvikar Singh is Professor, Director, Center for Analytical Finance, and Sarbjit Singh Aurora Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He currently holds the title of Special Advisor to the Chancellor at UCSC, taking the lead role in developing a new graduate management school in Silicon Valley. He is also a co-founder and Director of the Santa Cruz Center for International Economics. He organized one of the first major conferences in the United States on India’s economic reforms, and as Director of the South Asian Studies Initiative at UCSC, is leading the plan to establish a major new South Asia Studies center at UCSC. He received his BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics, where he was awarded the Allyn Young Prize, Gonner Prize and Ely Devons Prize. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His current research topics include information technology and development, federalism and political economy, and economic reform. He has authored over 100 research papers and his book, The Political Economy of Federalism in India, co-authored with M. Govinda Rao, has been published by Oxford University Press.