Sophie Mitra, Ph.D is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Fordham University with research interests in applied microeconomics, including in the following fields: development, employment, disability and health, and agricultural commodity markets. Dr Mitra is also the director of the Social Justice and Policy Research Unit of CIPS (Center for International Policy Studies) at Fordham. Dr Mitra earned and MA in development economics and a doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in France. Before doing her doctorate, Dr Mitra was a development practitioner and worked for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI, London) as an overseas fellow in Fiji. Recently, Dr Mitra has studied the association between disability and poverty, and the economic impact of disability onset. Dr Mitra has been published in many peer-reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, World Development, Applied Economics Letters and the South African Journal of Economics.