Harris School of Public Policy Studies
Anjali Adukia’s research is focused on understanding factors that influence educational decisions and the potential role for such institutions as government agencies and nonprofit organizations to improve child outcomes, particularly at the intersection of education and health. Her current work examines how the provision of basic needs—such as sanitation, clothing, and transportation—can increase school participation in developing contexts.
Her prior research projects have included an examination of the role of transcriptional and growth factors in cancer and organ development at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine; aid with research and data collection for studies on affirmative action with the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University; and consultation with the Broadmoor Neighborhood Project in New Orleans, a collaboration involving Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as part of rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts following Hurricane Katrina.
Adukia completed her doctoral degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, with an academic focus on the economics of education. She also possesses master of education degrees in international education policy and higher education (administration, planning, and social policy) from the same institution. In addition, she received a BS degree in molecular and integrative physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Adukia joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.