Dr. Sharan Sharma is an Assistant Research Professor with appointments in the departments of Sociology and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology.  His research interests include cross-cultural methodology, interviewer effects, interviewer-respondent interaction, survey falsification, paradata, and modeling complex survey data.  His management interests lie in the planning and implementation of large-scale complex surveys; more specifically, in organization development, capacity and capability building in developing countries, and process management.

Dr. Sharma has close to two decades of experience in the private sector, most recently as Senior Vice President for TAM India (a Kantar-Nielsen joint venture) where he held responsibilities spanning research, business development, and corporate affairs.


  • PhD
    Survey Methodology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • MA
    Masters in Applied Statistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • MMS
    Masters in Management Studies (Marketing), University of Mumbai
  • BSc
    Bachelor of Physics, University of Mumbai

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Sharan Sharma
3133, Parren Mitchell Art-Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
snsharma [at] umd.edu