Vimal Kumar

PhD (University of California, Irvine)

Associate Professor, Economics Group, Department of Economic Sciences

Research Interest



  • PhD (Economics), University of California Irvine, 2008
  • M.Tech., (Thermal Fluid Engineering), IIT Bombay, 2003
  • B.Tech., (Mechanical Engineering), IIT Bombay, 2003
    Under Dual Degree Program



  • "Opportunism in Polarization: Presidential Success in U.S. Senate, 1953-2006."[with Matthew Beckmann](Presidential Studies Quarterly, September 2011 41(3):488-503)

  • "Practicing Presidential Leadership: A Model of Presidents' Positive Power in U.S. Lawmaking." [With Matthew Beckmann] (Lead Article in Journal of Theoretical Politics, January 2011 23: 3-20)

  • "On The Economics of Organized Crime." [With Stergios Skaperdas], In Criminal Law and Economics, Edited by Nuno Garoupa. Edward Elgar Publication. (Total Citation: 22 (Google Scholar))

  • Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO) Sponsored Project on "Economic Analysis of Urban Housing Markets and Policies". (2012-2014). Principal Investigator: Prof. Sudhir Misra of Department of Civil Engineering]

  • 'Obama-Singh Knowledge Partnership initiative' Sponsored project on 'Planning for Development in Areas Adjoining Growth Magnets: A Case Study of the Nankari Settlement Adjoining IIT Kanpur'. The project is a joint collaboration between IIT Kanpur, India, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia, USA [Co-Principal Investigator]


  • Class of 1982 Research Fellowship given by IIT Kanpur

  • Founders Award (2011) for the Best Paper presented at the 2010 American Political Science Association's Annual Conference [Shared with Co-author Dr. Matt Beckmann of University of California Irvine]

  • Letters of Appreciation from the Chairman, Academic Senate of IIT Kanpur for Extra Ordinary Performance as Instructor [ECO 408 (2009-10, Semester 1) and as tutor [ECO 201(2011-12, Semester 1)]

  • Social Science Merit Fellowship at the School of Social Sciences, University of California Irvine, from September 2003 to June 2008. [$ 40,000/year for 5 years]

  • National Talent Search Examination [NTSE] Merit Scholarship, awarded by NCERT India



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