I was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. I am a product of the Kendriya Vidyalaya system of central government schools in India.

I left Hyderabad in 2007. Since then, I have lived or spent extended periods of time in:

  • Delhi, India (college)

  • St Etienne, France (exchange semester in college)

  • Vichy, France (French language school)

  • Paris, France (masters degree)

  • Mannheim, Germany (masters degree)

  • Fulenbach, Switzerland (my in laws' village)

  • Boston, USA (PhD)

  • Austin, USA (current city)

I was previously known as Avinash Gannamaneni until 2018. I changed my name to Avinash Collis after marriage. I go by "Avi".

If you are interested in research on gender and labor markets, I highly recommend the work of my partner Manuela Collis.