Santosh Kumar

Associate Professor, Keough School of Global Affairs

Associate Professor, Keough School of Global Affairs
4139 Jenkins And Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Santosh Kumar is associate professor of development and global health economics in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. He also is an affiliate of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health

Santosh Kumar is an applied microeconomist whose research focuses on the economics of global health and economic development in low- and middle-income countries. His research examines the causal association between child and maternal health, human capital, and poverty.

Kumar is currently working on research projects related to the effects of prenatal conditions on birth outcomes and human capital accumulation; effects of birth endowment, postnatal investments, and micronutrient deficiencies on human capital, and the effects of access to physical infrastructures (road, electricity, sanitation) and microfinance on human well-being. Kumar’s work uses experimental and quasi-experimental research methods and has extensive experience collecting survey data in India, Bhutan, and Albania. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.