Scholar Named to The California Endowment Board

Policy researcher Karthick Ramakrishnan will serve on board of foundation that works to expand affordable health care for underserved populations

Karthick Ramakrishnan

Karthick Ramakrishnan

RIVERSIDE, California – Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of the School of Public Policy and professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, has been named to The California Endowment Board of Directors. The six-year appointment to the 18-member board was announced on Monday, Aug. 15.

“I am thrilled to welcome Karthick to the board,” said board Chair Jane Garcia. “His expertise and guidance will be critically important to The Endowment and its partners seeking policy change that results in better health and well-being for California’s poor and marginalized communities, as well as for all Californians regardless of immigration status.”

Ramakrishnan, who has been at UC Riverside since 2005, previously served as a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco from 2002 to 2005. In addition, he directs the National Asian American Survey and is founder of, which seeks to make policy-relevant data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders more accessible to a variety of audiences.

As a published author, Ramakrishnan is the founding editor (July 2014-present) of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, an official section journal of the American Political Science Association. He also has authored and co-authored six books and many book chapters, monographs, policy reports and journal articles on various topics including civic engagement, public opinion, race and immigration, among others.

Ramakrishnan is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation (2006 and 2011) and global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center (2015-present). He earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from Brown University, and his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s website at

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