Indian-Americans named to list of ‘Influential Academics in Government’

Fremont, CA: Apolitical has released its list of the “100 Most Influential Academics in Government,” including Indian American academicians. According to Apolitical, the list recognizes work that has influenced policymaking by providing insights into policy problems, contributing innovative ideas and solutions, or providing relevant and informative data. 

This year, according to the organization, it has focused on rewarding academics working in five “timely” policy areas that focus on government action around the world: Covid-19 Recovery; Social Policy; Policy Processes and Approaches; Employment and Skills; and Climate Sustainability.  

Anup Malani, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, a Professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Boston, is among the Indian Americans on the list.  

During the pandemic, Malani led a modeling team that created a COVID forecasting model and method of adaptive control in India; this model was used to guide policy in Bihar and Indonesia. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a J.D. and a Ph.D. in economics. He was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and the founding Faculty Director of the Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago. 

Karthik Muralidharan is Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, whose research focuses on improving the efficacy of government spending in the social sector, such as education, health, and social protection programs. Muralidharan graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in economics from Cambridge University, and a doctorate in economics from Harvard University. 

Gita Gopinath, Harvard University Professor of International Studies and Economics. She is currently the International Monetary Fund’s Chief Economist and the Director of the IMF’s Research Department, and the Fund’s Economic Counsellor.  

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