The Times of India published a Q&A with Shobita Parthasarathy titled, "Indian-Americans need more role models in public policy, says Indian-origin professor at University of Michigan."
The interview, written by Mandira Banerjee from Michigan News, was conducted at the end of May as Parthasarathy's promotion to full professor was approved by the U-M Board of Regents. With her promotion, Parthasarathy joined a small handful of Indian-American women professors and researchers of public policy at U.S. universities.
Parthasarathy is a leading scholar of science and technology policy studies. Her last book, Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe, analyzes the growing concern that modern patents are not adequately serving public interests—public health, economic equity, morality and democracy.
Michael Barr, dean of Ford School of Public Policy, called Parthasarathy an “outstanding, highly engaged scholar and an exemplary teacher.”
Parthasarathy spoke about her journey and her motivations to follow her passions. Read the full Q&A here.