Gene & Katy Simonds Lecture

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Gene & Katy Simonds Lecture

Gene and Katy Simonds Lectureship in Democracy

Katy and Gene SimondsThe Gene and Katy Simonds Lectureship in Democracy was established through a gift from Emma K. (Katy) Simonds, a longtime supporter of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the southern Illinois region. The funds support a lecture, symposium or debate each year on a topic of current or recurring public interest, which explores common sense solutions to issues related to the common good by applying the principles of limited government, popular sovereignty, personal liberty, personal responsibility and federalism.


2019 Simonds Lecture

Shruti RajagopalanProperty Rights and Property Wrongs: A Comparative Perspective

presented by SHRUTI RAJAGOPALAN

Assistant Professor of Economics at State University of New York, Purchase College, a Fellow at the Classical Liberal Institute at NYU School of Law

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Lesar Law Building

Reception following the lecture in the Formal Lounge

See the invitation here


SHRUTI RAJAGOPALAN, is an Assistant Professor of Economics at State University of New York, Purchase College, and a Fellow at the Classical Liberal Institute at NYU School of Law. She earned her Ph.D. in economics in 2013 from George Mason University.

She holds a B.A. (honors) Economics and an LL.B. from University of Delhi; and an LL.M. from the European Masters in Law and Economics Program at University of Hamburg, Ghent University, and University of Bologna.

Ms. Rajagopalan’s broad area of interest is the economic analysis of comparative legal and political systems. Her research interests specifically include law and economics, public choice theory, and constitutional economics. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, law reviews, and books.

She also enjoys writing in the popular press and has a fortnightly column entitled “The Impartial Spectator” in Mint. She has also published opinion editorials on Indian political economy in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Hindu: Business Line, and The Indian Express.


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