P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Shayak Sarkar, 2011

Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law

Shayak Sarkar is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Yale University

Shayak Sarkar is a professor of law at UC Davis School of Law. He is currently studying immigration law's intersection with financial regulation and taxation. He joined the faculty after clerking for the Hon. Guido Calabresi and representing immigrant domestic workers as an employment lawyer. Prior to earning his law degree from Yale and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard, he won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford, where he earned MSc degrees with distinction in evidence-based social work and development economics.

Shayak was born in Morristown, New Jersey to Bengali parents. His family lived in nine cities scattered across five states.

  • PhD Economics | Harvard University 2018
  • JD Law | Yale University 2013
  • MSc Economics of Development | University of Oxford 2009
  • MSc Evidence Based Social Work | University of Oxford 2008
  • BA Applied Mathematics | Harvard University 2007
  • MA Statistics | Harvard University 2007
  • Rhodes Scholar
Work History
  • UC Davis School of Law, Professor of Law
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