Vaishali Mamgain Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director, BCB Center for Compassion
Vaishali Mamgain

Office Location

300G Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2018

Monday 2:30-3:30/Wednesday 10:30-11:30 and by appointment



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of North Carolina


 Vaishali Mamgain received her PhD. in Economics from the University of North Carolina. She is a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Southern Maine. Her research focuses on the contributions that  (im)migrants and refugees make to the Maine economy. Her most recent work relates to the role of migrant workers in Maine’s blueberry industry. 

She is also very engaged in the newly emerging field of Contemplative Pedagogy. By helping students cultivate an attitude of open inquiry, she invites them to study contentious topics using different modalities in order to evoke an intelligence that is grounded in a sense of ethics and personal responsibility as world citizens. Students work through material that encourages discernment - ways of learning that are not limited to simply a cognitive acquisition of knowledge but an experiential awareness of the complexities of any topic. She has recently completed a 3 year meditation retreat in Samten Ling Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado. 

She enjoys running, hiking, and cooking.