Amrit Thapa is a lecturer in the International Educational Development Program and instructor in the Education Entrepreneurship Program. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Sri Sathya Sai University, India, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. in economics and education from Columbia University. Dr. Thapa is also an affiliated researcher for the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, co-founder of UNNAT Nepal, a non-profit organization, and vice president and representative to the United Nations for The Institute of Global Education (IGE), an NGO that has consultative status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations. Dr. Thapa is also a consultant to UNESCO Institute of Statistics, and serves as chair for the Economics and Finance of Education Special Interest Group for the Comparative and International Education Society.
Prior to Penn GSE, Dr. Thapa worked as a research director at the National School Climate Center (NSCC), an educational non-profit organization, where he was involved in a number of school climate related projects such as development and validity/reliability studies of school climate/SEL metrics, comparative study of schools with and without social inclusion programs in collaboration with Special Olympics International and studying lives over time of students with learning disabilities. He also worked as a researcher for the Schott Foundation for Public Education and was a teaching fellow for the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) at the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University. Dr. Thapa has also taught graduate level economics of education courses at Teachers College, Columbia University, and undergraduate level economics courses at Queens College, City University of New York, and Kathamandu University, Nepal.