Pareena G Lawrence

Social Sciences (Economics)

Visiting Professor


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Professor Pareena G Lawrence is an academic and a development economist whose most recent research examines “women as policymakers in grassroots development.” Her current research asks the question, “Can gender-based public policy be effective in patriarchal societies?” She is also engaged in several strategic administrative projects. Prof Lawrence serves as a Senior Fellow at Yale University in the Office of International Affairs. Previously, she served as the President of Hollins University in Virginia and the Provost and Dean of the College at Augustana College in Illinois.

Prof Lawrence received her Master of Arts in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Purdue University. She started her academic career at the University of Minnesota Morris, a public liberal arts college which is part of the University of Minnesota system. Prof Lawrence’s accomplishment as a teacher, mentor, scholar, and academic leader has prompted the conferral of a number of awards throughout her career, including Purdue University Krannert School’s John S. Day Distinguished Alumni Academic Service Award, the All-University Morse Teaching Award, Morris Alumni Teaching Award, and the César Chavez Award, among others.

Prof Lawrence’s research explores the intersections of gender, families, the economy and politics, particularly issues of household decision-making, dowry, development policy and political participation. More recently, her research work has also included topics in higher education such as diversity and inclusion, international education, student success, the relevance of the liberal arts, and the role of higher education in achieving social and class mobility. Her current research focuses on the empowerment of women through reservation in political participation in North India. Previously, her research has included the impact of agricultural technologies on farm households in Sub-Saharan Africa, the role of dowry in the marriage market, household decision-making, functioning and accountability of non-governmental organisations, and micro level impact of local government policy on street vending.


P.G. Lawrence and K. Chakravarty, 2017, Life Histories of Women Panchayat Sarpanches from Haryana, India: From the Margins to the Center. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


P.G. Lawrence, Catherine Hensly, and Maria Brun (Submitted, July 2020), “Gender-Based Public Policies and the Role of Cultural Norms: Evidence from Northern India.”

P.G. Lawrence, 2020, “The Integrated Liberal Arts Approach: The Curricular Vaccine Higher Education Needs Now More Than Ever” Diverse Issues in Higher Education, May 2020.

P.G. Lawrence and Paula O’ Loughlin, 2016, “To thine own self be true”: Championing liberal arts education in the 21st century.” Celebrating the Legacy of Samuel Schuman: A Festschrift Volume, University of Minnesota 2020. Available at:

P.G. Lawrence, 2020, “Helping Students Thrive: Social-Emotional Learning and Supporting the Whole Student.” AAC&U News, Feb 2020.

P.G. Lawrence, 2018, “When Core Values Collide: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech.” Liberal Education, Vol. 104 (2), pp. 14-19.

P.G. Lawrence and Maria Brun, 2011, “NGOs and HIV/AIDS Advocacy in India: Identifying the Challenges.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, April 2011, pp. 65-88.

S. Dalmia and P. G. Lawrence, 2010, “Dowry Inflation in India: An Examination of the Evidence for and against it.” International Journal of Business and Economics, Vol. 10(3), pp. 58-74.

S. Nezhad* and P.G. Lawrence, 2009, “Accountability, Transparency, and Government Co-option: A Case Study of Four NGOs.” International NGO Journal Vol. 4 (3), pp.076–083, March 2009, Academic Journals.

P.G. Lawrence and M. Mancini, 2008. “La Toma De Decisiones de Los Hogares en Venezuela / Household Decision-Making in Venezuela.” Revista de Economia Institucional, Vol. 10, Number 18, Primer Semestre, pp. 213-239, Universidad Externado de Colombia.

P.G. Lawrence and S. Castro, 2006, “Government Intervention in Street Vending Activities in Guayaquil, Ecuador: A Case Study of Vendors in the Municipal Markets.” Problemas Del Desarrollo: Revista Latinoamericana De Economia, Vol. 37, Number 144, pp.145-170, Enero-Marzo, México, IIEC-UNAM.

P.G. Lawrence, 2006, “Neohumility and Business Leadership: Do they belong together?” Journal of Business and Leadership, Volume 2, Number 1: 116-126.

S. Dalmia and P. G. Lawrence, 2005, “The Institution of Dowry in India.” Journal of Developing Areas, Volume 38, Number 2: 71-93.

S. Dalmia and Pareena Lawrence, 2001, “An Empirical Analysis of Assortative Mating in India and the U.S.” International Advances in Economic Research, Vol 7, No. 4: 443-458.

P. G. Lawrence, J. H. Sanders and S. Ramaswamy, 1999, “The Impact of Agricultural and Household Technologies on Women:  A conceptual and quantitative analysis in Burkina Faso.  Agricultural Economics 20: 203-214.

YSS3204 Development Economics
YSS3316 Gender and International Development