Acting 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 an acting professor of law at UC Davis School of Law.
Shayak was born in Morristown, New Jersey to Bengali parents. His family has lived in nine cities scattered across five states.
Shayak attended Harvard, where he earned AB and AM degrees in applied mathematics and statistics and won election to Phi Beta Kappa. Then as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned MSc degrees with distinction at Oxford in evidence-based social work and development economics.
In college, Shayak directed the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, worked with LGBT youth living on the streets, and taught a baking-based, service learning ESL curriculum to refugees. He also served as treasurer of the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), Harvard's largest student organization and center for social action. In India, he has worked as a researcher on educational census, gender empowerment, and anti-sex trafficking projects with local NGOs.