Sharon Barnhardt is the Director of CESS-Nuffield at FLAME University in Pune, India. Her research focuses on issues of urban development and rural health, through the use of natural and randomized evaluations in India. Her current work in housing includes evaluations to improve the sustainability of community sanitation in urban Odisha. Her previous research includes studies of the impact of government housing programs on economic mobility, inter-religious attitudes, and social networks. Her work in health revolves around the adoption of new products that have the potential to improve health among the rural poor. In one study, her team will estimate the impact of selling iron-fortified iodized salt on anemia in women, men, and children in Bihar. She is also working to better understand the impact of gender-differentiated preferences on the adoption of clean cookstoves in Odisha. Sharon is an affiliate of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Prior to CESS-Nuffield, Sharon was an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad (IIM-A).
Sharon earned her PhD from Harvard University and also holds an MPA from Princeton University.