Ph.D., Economics, University of Pittsburgh (2011)
Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Mathematics (Honors), Simpson College (2006)
Political and Development Economics
Professor Silwal joined Washington & Lee University in June 2012. Before coming to W&L Professor Silwal worked at a Colorado-based NGO where she helped develop technical models to analyze the economic cost of maritime piracy around the Horn of Africa in the Indian Ocean. The report she co-authored serves as the official cost estimate of Somali piracy by the Shipping Industry and was widely reported in popular media. Professor Basnet also has experience teaching at the primary level in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she was born and raised.