Samarth graduated from Harvard College, where he studied Economics. His undergraduate thesis focused on the intersection of healthcare and housing. Outside of his thesis, he researched the causes and consequences of eviction under Professor Matthew Desmond and police use of force under Professor Roland Fryer. He has spent previous summers interning at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the City of Boston, and the Boston Consulting Group. He plans to focus his dissertation on the variation in quality and the financing of long term care across OECD countries.