P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Shayak Sarkar, 2011

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.

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