The California Endowment has appointed S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, PhD, to its board of directors. Ramakrishnan is a professor and associate dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside. His appointment was effective August 15, 2016.
“I am thrilled to welcome Karthick to the Board,” said Board Chair Jane Garcia. “His expertise and guidance will be critically important to The Endowment and its partners seeking policy change that results in better health and well-being for California’s poor and marginalized communities, as well as for all Californians regardless of immigration status.”
Ramakrishnan, who has been at UC Riverside since 2005, previously served as a Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco from 2002-2005. In addition, he is also an organizer for the Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Colloquium (PRIEC), a national conference series for scholars working on issues of race, immigration, and ethnicity (2005-present).
As a published author, Ramakrishnan is the founding editor (July 2014-present) of theJournal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, an official section journal of the American Political Science Association. He also has authored and co-authored a number of books, book chapters, monographs, policy reports and journal articles on various topics including politics, immigrants, immigration, and race and ethnicity, among others.
A resident of Riverside, California, Ramakrishnan, is a member of the Western Political Science Association’s Committee on the Status of Asian Pacific Americans in the Profession (2011-present). His also a member of National Park Service’s Asian American/Pacific Islander Theme Study Advisory Board (January 2013-present). He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center (2015-present).
Ramakrishnan earned his bachelor’s in International Relations and Political Science, magna cum laude, from Brown University, and his PhD in Politics from Princeton University.
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for under-served individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at http://www.calendow.org.