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Karthick Ramakrishnan has served in leadership roles that span academia, government, public policy, and philanthropy. He is currently a resercher at the University of California, Berkeley and director of AAPI Data, a nationally recognized publisher of demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He is also Strategy Lead for the Americas at School of International Futures, and Senior Advisor at States for the Future. He previously served as Executive Director of California 100, a transformative statewide initiative focused on building a shared vision and strategy for California’s next century, and as president of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni. He served for 4 years as associate dean of UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy and for 19 years as a professor of public policy and political science.

Ramakrishnan also serves on the Boards of The California Endowment, the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee (NAC), and the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P). Ramakrishnan also served as chair of the California Commission on APIA Affairs for 6 years, founded and led the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside for 6 years,  and founded and led for 3 years the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, an official section journal of the American Political Science Association.

Ramakrishnan has published many articles and 7 books, including most recently, Citizenship Reimagined (Cambridge, 2020) and Framing Immigrants (Russell Sage, 2016), and has written dozens of opeds and has appeared in nearly 3,000 news stories. Ramakrishnan was  named to the Frederick Douglass 200 and is currently working on projects related to equitable futures and innovative governance. He holds a BA in international relations from Brown University and a PhD in politics from Princeton.

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