Kishore Gawande earned his PhD in economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. His areas of specialty are empirical political economy and trade policy in which he has published extensively. His current research interests focus on the politics of free trade areas, globalization and regime quality, and determinants of conflict. Gawande's teaching interest is in international economics and politics, emerging economies, and applied econometrics. Gawande is a professor at the Bush School and holds the Helen and Roy Ryu Chair in International Affairs.