Vaishali Mamgain PhD

Associate Professor and Director, Bertha C. Ball Center for Compassion

Office Location

300G Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2022

Tuesdays 11:30 - 1:00 pm on Zoom; by appointment


(207) 780-4763

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Economics, University of North Carolina, 1997


Vaishali Mamgain received her PhD in Economics from the University of North Carolina. She is Associate Professor at the University of Southern Maine and the Director of the Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion. In this role, she facilitates workshops that allow people to access their compassionate instinct and teaches classes on compassion science and practice. She also facilitates a weekly faculty/staff practice group that engages the intersection of contemplative practice and social justice issues. Her past research focused 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 teaches introductory and upper level microeconomics theory classes and classes like "Economics and Happiness" and "The Political Economy of Food." Dr. Mamgain is nationally known for her work in Contemplative Pedagogy. She has been faculty at the Summer Session for Curriculum Development organized by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. In her classrooms, she invites students to 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 completed a 3-year meditation retreat (2014-2017) in Samten Ling Retreat Center in Crestone, CO. 

She enjoys swimming in the sea, gazing at seaweed, running, hiking, and cooking.

Recent Publications

Vaishali co-authored Joyfully Just - Liberating Meditation Practices. Find more information at

Professional Activity

Vaishali serves as the Director of the Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion.