Maithreyi Gopalan

Public Affairs Ph.D.

(734) 604-4393
IU Bloomington
SPEA 412
1315 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN


  • Ph.D. Public Affairs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, May 2018 (Expected)
  • Master of Arts, Economics, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, India, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, University of Madras, Chennai, India, 2002

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

  • Statistical Modeling and Research Methods–V370 (Undergraduate Course-Spring 2017)
  • Macroeconomics for Public Affairs – V260 (Undergraduate Course-Spring 2015, Spring 2016)
  • Statistics for Research in Public Affairs-V606, V607 (Doctoral Course; Teaching Assistant – Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Selected Publications

  • Gopalan, M. & Pirog, M. (2017). "Applying Behavioral Insights in Policy Analysis: Recent Trends in the United States," Policy Studies Journal, 45: S82–S114.
  • Gopalan, M. Understanding the Linkages between Racial Disciplinary gaps and Racial Achievement Gaps in the US, (Working Paper Available).
  • Gopalan, M., & Nelson, A.A. Understanding the Discipline Gap in Schools. (Working Paper Available). 
  • Murphy, M.C., Carter, E., Emerson, K., Gopalan, M., Bottoms, B., Walton, G. Effects of a social-psychological intervention on persistence and academic achievement of freshmen students in a large public university (in prep).
  • Gopalan, M., Murphy, M.C All Social Belonging Interventions are not Created Equal – Evidence from a Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trial (in prep).

Research Interests

Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Student Outcomes, Education Policy, Social Policy, Behavioral Insights for Public Policy, Child Development

Honors & Awards