- Commentary that aired on KQED World
Can Bangladesh Find Justice after Factory Tragedy?
by Sanchita Saxena
On the building collapse in Bangladesh that caused the death of more than a thousand garment factory workers.
- New York Times Op-Ed (December 11, 2012)
American Tariffs, Bangladeshi Deaths
by Sanchita Saxena
On the impact of US trade policies on Bangladesh's garment industry.
Dr. Sanchita Saxena is an administrator, researcher, author, consultant, and lecturer with a focus on international development and policy making. Dr. Saxena received her Ph.D. in Political Science (focus on Comparative Political Economy) from UCLA in 2002.
Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of the Center for South Asia Studies (CSAS) at UC Berkeley where she is responsible for spearheading new research initiatives, developing programmatic activities, securing funding opportunities through grants and individual and corporate donors, establishing external partnerships, administering fellowships, and managing the day-to-day activities of the Center.
In the summer of 2010, Dr. Saxena was a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. where she was working on a book due out in 2014 about policy networks in the garments and textiles industries in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. She has also published several policy and conference reports on the garments and textiles industry, policy reforms, and governance and democracy. Her current project focuses on critically analyzing the role that international and domestic NGOs have played in Asia’s development.
Dr. Saxena has given invited lectures at several universities and institutions, including Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, UC Berkeley, the United States International Trade Commission, the Center for Global Development, and the U.S. Bangladesh Advisory Council. Her commentaries have been featured in the New York Times, Thompson Reuters, The Daily Star, and aired on LinkTV and KQED World. She has conducted fieldwork and research studies in South and Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Prior to joining CSAS, she was the Assistant Director of Economic Programs at the Asia Foundation, where she co-authored The Phase-Out of the Multi-Fiber Arrangement: Policy Options and Opportunities for Asia. She has also served as a consultant to the Asia Foundation on various economic projects.
Dr. Saxena has taught courses in Political Economy, Comparative Politics, The Politics of Developing Countries, Doing Business in India, and the Politics of Economic Reform in Asia and Latin America at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the University of San Francisco. She is a trustee of the American Institute of Indian Studies, the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, and the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies. Dr. Saxena currently serves on the board for LinkAsia. She was formerly on the advisory council for Human Rights Watch, SF and on the board of the Center for the Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco.