About Pareena Lawrence
Dr. Pareena Lawrence is a fellow at Yale University. As a scholar in international development economics, she is completing her research on the effectiveness of elected female officials in northern India. She is also leading and assisting in administrative projects in the area of international affairs and studies. Previously, Pareena Lawrence served as president of Hollins University, where she led the strategic planning efforts and a faculty of nearly 100 members. She also led initiatives to strengthen student success and foster academic innovation.
Prior to her time at Hollins, Dr. Lawrence spent six years as provost and dean of the college at Augustana College, where she managed all of the offices and departments within Academic Affairs and oversaw a faculty of nearly 250. She studied economics at the University of Delhi, earning both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree on the subject. She went on to attend Purdue University, where she received her Ph.D. in economics from the Krannert School of Management.
Dr. Lawrence has taught at Cleveland State University and the University of Minnesota, Morris, where she also served as chair of the division of social sciences. She is the co-author of the book, Life Histories of Women Panchayat Sarpanches from Haryana, India: From the Margins to the Center and has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and research reports over her career.