March 21, 2024

Professor Prashant Bharadwaj and Professor Varma were recently mentioned in UC San Diego Today regarding the new endowment from the Trivedi Family. Check out more below:

January 13, 2024

Professor Gaurav Khanna was quoted in NBC San Diego regarding the impact of migrants on California’s economy. You can read more about how immigrants drive the growth of the American labor force by clicking the link below:

November 28, 2022

Professor Prashant Bharadwaj was recently highlighted in the Dhaka Tribune for his series of papers on the 1947 Partition of British India. Read more about the long term impacts explored in Prof. Bharadwaj’s quantitative research online:

November 9, 2022

Professor Gaurav Khanna was quoted about the impacts for H-1B visa holders due to layoffs in the tech sector.

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September 26, 2022

Professor Prashant Bharadwaj, and his (2015) paper “Birth Weight in the Long Run,” received highlight in a recent Borgen Magazine article, “Infants In Thailand Face Poverty.” Read more from The Borgen Project at the following link:

May 26, 2022

Professor Teevrat Garg has been highlighted for comments on the impacts of Climate Change on poverty in South Asia.

Read more on VOA News and on Global Circulate.

May 13, 2022

Professor Gaurav Khanna and his research team were featured in the Times of India article, “Covid-19 pandemic badly hit female mental health in rural India.” Their study on ‘Women’s well-being during a pandemic and its containment’ analyzes the multiple crises of Covid-19 in India. Read more at:

April 2022

January 18, 2022

Professor Prashant Bharadwaj, along with colleagues Leah K. Lakdawala, and Nicholas Li, have published a new article investigating the complex relationships between child labor and child labor laws in India, “Perverse Consequences of Well Intentioned Regulation: Evidence from India’s Child Labor Ban.” Read more from the review of the article in The Hindu.


October 22, 2021

Professor Teevrat Garg was quoted on AsumeTech talking about the Biden administration’s recent report addressing the protection and resettlement of people threatened by climate change. Read more here.


July 27, 2021

A recent interview with Professor Saiba Varma to discuss her book, The Occupied Clinic: Militarism And Care In Kashmir, has been published on Mint Lounge. Read “The battle over minds and bodies in Kashmir” for more.


May 21, 2021

Professor Gaurav Khanna was quoted in the LA Times talking about International Student visa issues in the fall.


March 29, 2021

In the last two weeks, the resignation of two professors from Ashoka University has highlighted issues concerning academic freedom in India. As scholars who work and do research in the sub-continent, we are deeply disturbed by these resignations. These resignations accompany other troubling curbs on academic freedom, such as recent decisions that require Indian universities to seek advanced governmental approval when they host conferences or seminars on topics deemed “sensitive” to India’s national security.

Academic freedom is essential for scholars and students who are jointly invested in the process of discovering what is true. That process is long, uncertain, and should include dissenting voices and uncomfortable opinions. The recent rule changes, the events at Ashoka, and the resignation of Prof. Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Prof. Arvind Subramanian highlight that the process of academic discovery is very likely under threat in India.

In light of these events, we urge academics and students, whether they work in the sub-continent or not, to not take academic freedoms for granted and to take steps to secure these freedoms for ourselves and for future generations. Speaking up when these freedoms are under threat is one starting point.