Ashwini Deshpande

Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow

Ashwini Deshpande is Professor of Economics at Ashoka University, India. Her PhD and early publications have been on the international debt crisis of the 1980s. Subsequently, she has been working on the economics of discrimination and affirmative action, with a focus on caste and gender in India.

She has published extensively in leading scholarly journals. She is the author of Grammar of Caste: economic discrimination in contemporary India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2011; and Affirmative Action in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, Oxford India Short Introductions series, 2013. She is the editor of Boundaries of Clan and Color: Transnational Comparisons of Inter-Group Disparity (along with William Darity, Jr.), Routledge, London, 2003; Globalization and Development: A Handbook of New Perspectives, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2007; Capital Without Borders: Challenges to Development, Anthem Press, UK, 2010; and Global Economic Crisis and the Developing World (with Keith Nurse), Routledge, London, 2012.

She received the EXIM Bank award for outstanding dissertation (now called the IERA Award) in 1994, and the 2007 VKRV Rao Award for Indian economists under 45.

Professor Deshpande is currently involved in UNU-WIDER’s research project Women's work – routes to economic and social empowerment. Along with Janneke Pieters, she co-organizes the project’s research outputs and is the co-editor of a forthcoming journal special issue.