Dr. Ruchira has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA. Her dissertation analyzes the role of global capitalist incursions into non-capitalist economies in the neoliberal era. Sen has taught courses in Introductory Macroeconomics and Intermediate Microeconomics at the undergraduate level and co-taught History of Economic Thought and Political Economy of Race, Class and Gender at the graduate level at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
She was awarded the Superior Teaching Award for Ph.D. scholars at UMKC. Her research is on gender and the economy which involves questions such as evaluating unpaid work, global care chains and dowry systems as gift economies. Sen believes that Economics is too important to be left entirely to economists and seeks to make economic theory accessible and relevant for Journalism and Communication.