Gita Gopinath (born December 8, 1971) is a professor at the economics department of Harvard University and the Financial advisor to the Chief Minister of Kerala. She has done work on price setting across currencies and the sovereign debt defaults in Europe.
Gita was born in Mysore, India in 1971, and spent her childhood there. Her father, T.V. Gopinath is a farmer and entrepreneur from Kannur district, Kerala who settled in Mysore. Her mother is a homemaker who hails from the Thammangadan Nambiar Family (The Vediyara Chandrothu Tharavadu - a sub-branch of the Kolathiri Family), which has its origins in Kannur, Wayanad and Thiruvananthapuram districts of Kerala. Her husband and former classmate Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal is a director of policy at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Gita holds a B.A. from Lady Shriram College, University of Delhi (1992), M.A. from the Delhi School of Economics (1994). She completed her M.A. from the University of Washington (1996). In 2001, she completed her Ph.D from Princeton University, under supervision of Kenneth Rogoff and Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas. While at Princeton, she was a recipient of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. In 2011, she was chosen as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.
She is professor of economics at Harvard University. She is a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), for the programs in Economic Fluctuations and Growth, International Finance and Macroeconomics, and Monetary Economics. Before joining the Harvard economics department in 2005 as an assistant professor, she taught at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.
She holds editorial positions with American Economic Review, the Journal of International Economics, the I.M.F. Economic Review, and Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies. She is also Advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research interests are in international macroeconomics with a focus on issues related to international price setting and the relative rates of inflation across currencies, exchange-rate pass-through, emerging market business cycles, and crisis. She was appointed as the Financial Advisor to the Chief Minister of Kerala by Kerala's Leftist government on 21 July 2016.