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Meenakshi Rishi, PhD

Professor, Department of Economics
Howard J. Bosanko Professor of International Economics and Finance, 2023-2026
Past Director, International Development Internship Program


Dr. Meenakshi Rishi is a Professor of Economics at Seattle University. She also holds the Eva Albers Professorship at the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University. She has taught previously at the College of Business Administration, Ohio Northern University. She earned her PhD from the Department of Economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Rishi is a member of the American Economic Association and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economic Profession. She is a Fulbright Specialist and the Executive Director, Association of Indian Economic and Financial Studies .

Dr. Rishi teaches courses in macroeconomics, international political economy, and economic development. She has been instrumental in designing Seattle University’s international economic development curriculum and has been a strong advocate for student-faculty research, having served as the University’s Coordinator for Undergraduate Research. She has also served as the director of the International Development Internship Program. Dr. Rishi’s research has examined a variety of issues for emerging economies, capital flows, and the Indian economy, among others.

She is currently working on the linkages between trade openness, financial openness, and economic growth, and also investigating whether development aid can be used to reduce carbon emissions in emerging nations. Since joining our faculty, she has published more than 25 journal articles, including in such highly regarded outlets as the Journal of Development Studies, the International Review of Financial Analysis, the Journal of Developing Areas, and Energy Economics. Two of these articles were co-authored with her students.

  • Undergraduate Research Coordinator


PhD, Economics

Courses Taught

  • Macroeconomics
  • Asian Development
  • International Political Economy
  • International Business