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Post-Docs: Tara Beteille

Tara Beteille PhD ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice, Stanford University. Her research interests range from school leadership in public schools in the United States to examining teacher accountability and local politics in India. She received her doctoral degree in the Economics of Education from Stanford University in 2009, where she was a recipient of the William Kimball and Sara Hart Stanford Graduate Fellowship. Her dissertation, Absenteeism, Transfers and Patronage: The Political Economy of teacher Labor Markets in India, argues that strategic linkages between teachers and politicians compromise teacher accountability efforts in large parts of India. She is currently also engaged in an all-India study on teacher absenteeism and governance led by the World Bank.


Beteille’s interest in teacher labor markets dates to 2000, when she worked with ICICI Bank, India, managing their nonprofit funding in education. Her work involved interacting with governmental and non-governmental groups; project appraisal and development; and overseeing research and evaluation. Her experiences over this period made her acutely aware of the range of political and bureaucratic processes governing policy outcomes, and the need to study teacher accountability as a systemic issue in order to frame effective policies. Béteille also holds Master’s degrees in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics (2000) and Stanford University (2009).