Nikkil Sudharsanan


Ph.D. Candidate, Demography, University of Pennsylvania
MA, Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
MPH, Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2013
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies (Health and Development), University of California Berkeley, 2010
Entered Program: 
Trainee Type: 
NICHD Trainee
Dissertation Chair: 
Michel Guillot
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Jere R. Behrman
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Hans-Peter Kohler
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Irma T. Elo
Graduation Year: 

I am currently a PhD candidate in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. My research combines methods from demography, epidemiology, and econometrics to study three themes: the demography and epidemiology of aging in developing countries, causal contributions to adult health and aging, and health inequality and the health of vulnerable populations in India.

My current projects include: (1) modeling the dynamics of aging in developing countries to identify which diseases need to be prioritized by health policies to promote longevity and healthy aging; and (2) using methodologies from economics and behavioral genetics to understand the causal contributions of genes and early life circumstances to adult health and health-related behaviors. I am also actively involved in several projects in India that focus on adult health and well-being among vulnerable populations, including rural-to-urban migrants, the urban and rural poor, and scheduled caste and tribe groups.

I am a fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and a Research Affiliate in Population and Health at the Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health in Maharashtra, India. I have an MA in Statistics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MPH in Global Health from Emory University, and a BA in Health and Development from the University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Papers:

Sudharsanan, Nikkil, et al. "Population aging, macroeconomic changes, and global diabetes prevalence, 1990–2008." Population health metrics 13.1 (2015): 1.

Sudharsanan, Nikkil, Sebastian Romano, and Solveig A. Cunningham. "School Breakfast Receipt and Obesity among American Fifth-and Eighth-Graders." Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2015).


Recent Publications