Radhika Balakrishnan

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A photograph of Radhika Balakrishnan, courtesy of the Center for Women's Global Leadership
A photograph of Radhika Balakrishnan, courtesy of the Center for Women's Global Leadership.

Radhika Balakrishnan (born in Ootacamund, India) is the faculty director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University.[1] Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Board of the United States Human Rights Network and Chair on the Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and is a Commissioner for the Commission for Gender Equity for the City of New York.[2][3]


Radhika Balakrishnan grew up in Tamil Nadu, India and moved to Chicago, Illinois when she was 13 years old.[4] She attended the University of Illinois initially to study engineering, but switched majors and graduated in 1980 with a B.A. in Economics. It was at the University of Illinois that Balakrishnan first became involved in the women's movement, which inspired her to study economics.[4] In 1985 she received her M.A. in Economics, and in 1990 she received her Ph.D. in Economics, both from Rutgers University.[5]


From 1992 to 1995, Radhika Balakrishnan worked at the Ford Foundation as a program officer in the Asian Regional Program.[6][7] From 2003 to 2009, she was a professor at Marymount Manhattan College where she taught economics and international studies [5][8] In September 2009, she joined Rutgers University as a professor of Women's and Gender Studies and the executive director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership,[5][9] where she focused on issues of economics and social justice from a feminist perspective as they relate to macroeconomic policy, especially in health and education.[4] Radhika Balakrishnan now serves as the faculty director of the Center.[10]


Research and Publications[edit]

Radhika Balakrishnan's primary research interests are gender and development, human rights and the global economy, and human rights and economic social rights.[14]

Balakrishnan's publications include:[5][15]


  • Why MES with Human Rights? Integrating Macro Economic Strategies with Human Rights (New York: Marymount Manhattan College, 2005)
  • The Hidden Assembly Line: Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy (Editor) (Kumarian Press, 2001)
  • Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World's Religions (Co-editor along with Patricia Jung and Mary Hunt) (Rutgers University Press, 2000)

Recent articles and book chapters[edit]


  1. ^ "Radhika Balakrishnan/Faculty Director/CWGL". 
  2. ^ "Mayor de Blasio Establishes Commission on Gender Equity". The official website of the City of New York. 2015-06-24. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  3. ^ a b "Interview with Radika Balakrishnan on Huffington Post Article Why Human Rights are Indispensable to Financial Regulation". Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "From Classrooms to Centre Stage: A Professor Who Speaks for Women". Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Radhika Balakrishnan's Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Center for Popular Economics: Radhika Balakrishnan Bio". Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Women Deliver 2010: Women and Power". Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Targeted News Service (18 February 2009) New! MMC's Radhika Balakrishnan to Present Report on Macro Economics and Human Rights Factiva Document TARGNS0020090219e52i000xk
  9. ^ a b "Experts Comment on Rights in Times of Economic Crisis". Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  10. ^ Anastasia, Alex. "Radhika Balakrishnan, Faculty Director". www.cwgl.rutgers.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  11. ^ ""More Women Peacekeepers Is Not the Solution" Cléo Fatoorehchi interviews RADHIKA BALAKRISHNAN of the Centre for Women's Global Leadership". Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "16 Days of Activism: Spotlight on Militarism". Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "NGLS Interviews Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership". Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Radhika Balakrishnan, Faculty Director". The Center for Women's Global Leadership. 
  15. ^ "Radhika Balakrishnan, Faculty Director". The Center for Women's Global Leadership. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 

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