Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Major Professors: Trey Malone and Scott Swinton
Area of Specialization: Development Economics
Aastha graduated in B.Sc. Agriculture with honors from Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (HICAST), Purbanchal University, Nepal with a major in agricultural economics and business management. She had worked as a research intern at the Nepal Agricultural Research Council during her undergraduate internship. Keenly interested in agri-business and economics, she had done her thesis research on the trade balance of import and export of rice in Nepal, and she found out many drivers responsible for the transition of the country from an exporter to an importer in these 50 years. Based on her thesis work, she published an original research article on drivers of rice imports in Nepal. Aastha has published other research articles, reviews, and blogs as well. Aastha actively participates in many local, national, and international workshops, seminars, and conferences, and she has presented works in a few of them. She has taken hands-on skills training in many science, business, innovation, design thinking, and entrepreneurship-related areas. Before joining MSU, she was working as an instructor at HICAST for the B.Sc. Agriculture program, where she taught practicals of an economics course entitled "Agricultural Resource and Marketing Management." Her proposed research project at MSU is on consumers' preference and economic surveys of morel mushrooms in the North Central USA. Aastha enjoys writing poetry and going hiking with friends.