Neema Kudva's research focuses on small cities and their regions, and on institutional structures for equitable planning and development. She has explored various aspects of these issues primarily in South Asia but also in the U.S., and across the world, with students. She is involved in pedagogical experiments around citizenship and sustainability planning and is faculty lead for the Nilgiris Field Learning Center, Kotagiri, a transdisciplinary engaged collaboration between Cornell and the Keystone Foundation, India.
At Cornell, Kudva is associate dean of the faculty, and house professor and dean at Becker House, a living-learning residential community. She serves as faculty affiliate of the South Asia Program, a fellow of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and as a field member for public affairs, global development, south asian studies, and visual studies. Prior to joining Cornell in 2001, Kudva worked as a consultant to public planning agencies in the San Francisco Bay area, and as an architect in India and Europe.
Kudva received her Dip.Arch. from the school of architecture, CEPT, at Ahmedabad, India, in 1989; and her M.Arch./M.C.P. and Ph.D. from the University of California–Berkeley in 2001.