Scholars in Service Advance Solutions to Social Issues (Stanford Today)

(L–R): Stanford faculty members Anisha Patel, Suzan Carmichael, Ira Lit and Gopi Shah Goda will serve as Scholars in Service in 2021-22. (Image credit: Courtesy...

Stanford Today announces four new Scholars in Service who will work within government and community-based organizations to advance evidence-based solutions to address disparities made worse by COVID-19.

From the article:

The faculty are participating in the Scholars in Service program, sponsored by Stanford Impact Labs and the Haas Center for Public Service, which offers funding and support for up to a year of full-time service. Starting this summer, the faculty members will work closely with policymakers, advocates and community leaders to find and promote practical, evidence-based ways to make progress on issues with local to national scope.

  • Anisha Patel, associate professor of pediatrics, will work with community organizations to enhance programs providing children and their families in the San Joaquin Valley of California with access to healthy food.
  • Suzan Carmichael, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology, will work with the Louisiana Department of Public Health to identify strategies to reduce maternal mortality, especially among Black mothers in Louisiana.
  • Ira Lit, associate professor of education, will work in the Office of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker to inform federal legislation to advance justice and equity for families, with a focus on education and economic policies.
  • Gopi Shah Goda, senior fellow and deputy director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), will serve with the White House Council of Economic Advisers, focusing on federal policies related to long-term care, retirement and social insurance programs.

Read the full article to learn more about the Scholars in Service program and the faculty members' work.

UPDATE (10/6/21): James Fearon, political science professor, will work with the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense this year as part of the Scholars in Service program. He will work on a range of policy issues, including preparation of the 2022 National Defense Strategy. For more details, please read the full announcement.