South Asia Institute
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SAI Mourns the Loss of Public Affairs Professor Shama Gamkhar

Thu, August 15, 2013

Shama Gamkhar, an associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, died along with her husband in a plane crash in Georgia on August 4, 2013. The South Asia Institute extends its deepest sympathies to her family and friends.  Faculty and students knew her as a warm and generous colleague and mentor.

Gamkhar’s husband Sid Shah was piloting the single-engine plane from Florida to Lawrenceville, Georgia. They were the only people on board.

Fifty-four-year-old Gamkhar joined the LBJ School in 1996 and taught public finance and finance and financial management. She had recently served as graduate adviser for the Master of Public Affairs degree program. This summer, she was a visiting scholar at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Gamkhar was an expert in environmental economic policy, focusing on climate change and pollution abatement. Her research interests included fiscal federalism, transportation finance, and municipal bond markets. She served as the co-editor of the Annual Review of American Federalism published by Publius: The Journal of Federalism. She also published regularly in peer-reviewed journals.

Gamkhar earned an M.Phil. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, before receiving her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

The LBJ School has opened a memorial page for people to share their thoughts and stories about Gamkhar.

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