Dr. Sameeksha Desai


Universities & Institutions

  • Indiana University, Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Areas of Interest

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Economic development policy
  • Political economy
  • Allocation of entrepreneurship in areas of political instability, conflict and disaster
  • Post conflict reconstruction
  • Social entrepreneurship

Dr. Sameeksha Desai joined O’Neill’s faculty of the Indiana University in 2010. She specializes in private sector development in conflict/post conflict recovery and political instability.

In her research, she explores the dynamics of entrepreneurship from the perspective of destructive entrepreneurship, a theory seeking to understand the political economy of post conflict reconstruction.

Desai serves as academic director for SPEA’s Rwanda study abroad program. Desai is the (U.S.) co-chair of the Transatlantic Policy Consortium. She is affiliated with the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and previously with the Ratio Institute in Stockholm. She was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena, Germany.

Desai has received numerous awards, fellowships, and grants for her ambitious work on political context of market outcomes, such as market entry, innovation and investment. Her work has been supported by a diverse range of organizations, such as the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research, the U.S. Army, the Kauffman Foundation and Microcredit Summit Campaign.

See a selection of work by this Author

A Viewpoint on Research for Social Business Entrepreneurship

Details Year: 2019 Published in: Public Administration Review Cited as: Desai, S. and Tyler, J.E., III (2020), A Viewpoint on Research for Social Business Entrepreneurship. Public Admin Rev, 80: 506-510. doi:10.1111/puar.13054 Abstract This Viewpoint essay outlines key considerations for research on entrepreneurship, and for social business entrepreneurship specifically, considering the wide range of forms and [...]