Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Visiting Assistant Professor, Darshak Patel

The Roanoke College Economics Program has three new faces amongst the faculty this year.  Over the course of the coming weeks you will be introduced to each one.  


Meet Darshak Patel. 


Darshak received his PhD in Economics from the University of Kentucky (just like Garry Fleming) and joined the Roanoke College Economics Program as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics for 2011-12.

Darshak has an incredible story.  His parents moved to Kenya in 1978.  He and his brother were born in Nairobi, and lived in Kenya through high school (British school system).  Darshak has already shared great stories about monkeys taking his cell-phone, running up a tree, and only dropping the phone when someone else called the phone.  The ring startled the monkey, and he tossed it out of the tree.  (Unfortunately, Darshak and his friends were not so lucky about their wallets.)

Apart from Economics, Darshak has a tremendous passion for soccer.  He is a big fan of the Arsenal Football Club, a team based in the English Premier League. His hobbies include playing soccer, cricket, snooker and occasionally a round or two of golf. Darshak also loves cooking and trying different types of meals. His most exotic meals include eating a wide range of game meat in Kenya -giraffe, zebra, antelopes and many others. Darshak’s favorite vacation spot is Maasai Mara in Kenya. It is a safari destination where you can stay at a lodge or a camp site and at certain times go look for animals in the wild.

Darshak’s current research focuses on how individual, personal, social and institutional factors affect the time it takes for students to transfer from two to four-year colleges, to dropout, and to graduate from a post-secondary institution. Other research areas include patents and innovations.

Darshak is teaching three sections of Principles of Microeconomics this semester.  Join us in welcoming him to the team!

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