- 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 the Associate 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, 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 2013 about domestic coalitions and policy changes in the garments and textiles industries in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.
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, and the U.S. Bangladesh Advisory Council. 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. Sanchita received her Ph.D. in Political Science (focus on Comparative Political Economy) from UCLA in 2002.
Dr. Saxena has taught courses in Political Economy, Comparative Politics, The Politics of Developing Countries, 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. She is also a member of the Advocacy Committee of Human Rights Watch, San Francisco.