Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Nij Tontisirin is currently a Ph.D. candidate in regional science in the Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University. Nij received her Bachelor of Architecture (first class honors) from Chulalongkorn University in 2003 and Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2006. Her research interests focus on transportation and urban economics, in particular on the effects of public transit on household commuting and residential patterns.
Before coming to the US, Nij worked as a lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at Thammasat University in Thailand. While studying at Cornell, she has worked both as a research and teaching assistant. In 2008, she worked with Professor Kieran Donaghy to analyze the economic impacts of Cornell on local and New York State economies. As a research assistant of the Cornell Program on Applied Demographics, in 2009 Nij prepared master addresses in New York State for the Census Bureau under the supervision of Professor Joe Francis. She has also been a teaching assistant of several graduate-level courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, planning, and Geographic Information Systems. Nij received a merit-based scholarship from the Royal Thai Government to pursue her graduate studies. She will be teaching at Thammasat after the completion of her doctoral studies.
Nij is married to Sutee Anantsuksomsri.
Her CV can be viewed and downloaded here.