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Suparna Bhaskaran



Suparna Bhaskaran is a non-resident Fellow at the Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy at The New School. She is the Project Manager and Co-Principal Investigator of the Color of Wealth in Chicago Study bringing ethnographic and transdisciplinary approaches to understanding wealth and wealth inequities. The Color of Wealth in Chicago Study is part of a multi-city series of studies on the asset and debt positions of communities of color localized to cities that include Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Tulsa, and Washington D.C. Her multi-state research has also documented how “wealth stripping” practices (such as predatory lending and debt, racial and gender segregation, and low-wage work) systematically takes a toll on the well-being of low-wealth Black and Brown women in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Newark, NJ. 

As a senior researcher at the Othering and Belonging Institute, at the University of California, Berkeley, her work explored the relationship between public health and wealth in post-industrial cities and communities. Her work focused on the city of Detroit and its communities, within the context of the restructuring of Detroit’s Great Lakes Water Authority, water inequities, austerity policies and the city’s history of systemic racism, and shrinking social safety net programs for its residents. She has also worked for the State of Ohio as a health policy researcher and community educator, particularly in relation to affordable healthcare and safety net programs.   

She has taught in Gender and Sexuality Studies Programs at Antioch College, Ohio Wesleyan University and Agnes Scott College. 

At Ohio State University she is a Lecturer in the Department of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies and has taught courses that include US Immigration and Migration, Health and Inequality, Gender and Democracy, and Race and Public Policy.  

She organizes with community groups working on immigrant and refugee rights and transnational popular and political education. She is one of the founding members of OPAWL: Building AAPI Progressive Feminist Leadership.  

 Select Publications:  

 “Flattening the Curve or Flattening Life? Everyday Life is a Constant Struggle, COVID-19 just makes it worse,” Economic and Political Weekly, (co-author, 2021); “Remembering Latina Feminist Philosopher Maria Lugones,” Sinister Wisdom, (2021); Public Health & Wealth in Post-Bankruptcy Detroit (2017); Pinklining: How Wall Street’s Predatory Products Pillage Women’s Wealth, Opportunities, and Futures (2016); Made In India: Decolonization, Queer Sexualities, Transnational Projects (2004).   

 Areas of Expertise:  

  • Gender & Racial Justice  
  • Immigration  
  • Wealth Inequality  
  • Health, Medicine & Structural Inequities  
  • Policy/Advocacy Studies  
  • Globalization and Work  
  • South Asia and Diasporas  
Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.