S. Karthick Ramakrishnan
S. Karthick Ramakrishnan

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — The California Endowment announced Thursday the appointment of S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, PhD, professor and associate dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside.

His appointment is effectively immediately, Ramakrishnan assumed his role with the Endowment on Aug. 15.

“I am thrilled to welcome Karthick to the Board,” said Board Chair Jane Garcia in an official press release. “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 has served at UC Riverside since 2005, and previously served as a Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco from 2002-2005. Additionally, 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).

He is also a published author, the founder of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, an official section journal of the American Political Science Association, of which he has served as editor of since 2014. This in addition to the co-authoring of multiple books, book chapters, monographs, policy reports and journal articles on various topics including politics, immigrants, immigration, and race and ethnicity, among others.

Ramakrishnan is a member of the Western Political Science Association’s Committee on the Status of Asian Pacific Americans in the Profession, as well as a member of National Park Service’s Asian American/Pacific Islander Theme Study Advisory Board. He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Global Fellowship and at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

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.

Established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians, the California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation.