Suparna Bhaskaran is a Senior Researcher at the Haas Institute in the Just Public Finance Program. Her work explores the interconnections between debt and credit systems (for cities and individuals), the financialization of households (in health, education and care work), and public health.
She is part of a national initiative, Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap, to advance policies and strategies that build wealth for low wealth women. She is the author of the report “Pinklining: How Wall Street’s Predatory Products Pillage Women’s Wealth, Opportunities ad Futures,” where she supported and crafted a research strategy for a multi-state impacts of credit and debt (in particular payday, housing, and student debt). More broadly, this was a study of how the financialization of the household strips wealth and wellbeing for low wealth women and women of color who are caught between occupational and functional segregation. Pinklining, highlighted how women of color and low wealth women are targeted by compounding processes of reverse redlining, redlining and “pinklining.” Suparna is currently working on a project on the racialized and gendered aspects of the financialization of healthcare.
Suparna has worked in government, the academy and community non-profits. In government she was involved in the research and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion and Medicare education. Her academic work in development studies, neoliberalism, and transnational LGBTQ social movements has been published in her book Made in India: Decolonization, Queer Sexualities, Trans/national Projects. She has formal academic training in Public Policy, Anthropology, and Gender Studies and has been a professor at Antioch College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Agnes Scott College.
Her forthcoming report, “Public Health and Wealth in Post-Bankruptcy Detroit,” looks at public health within the context of historic austerity, Medicaid Expansion, and the restructuring of the city’s asset of the Great Lakes Water Authority.