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PRIYA SANKAR

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Priya Sankar is a recent Dartmouth alumna who double majored in Economics and Government. She has a passion for economic history and research and is currently employed as a Research Associate at the Yale Program on Financial Stability.

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ABOUT PRIYA SANKAR

Priya's professional pursuits involve international economics and finance, which much of her coursework examines. She is currently employed as a research associate writing cases for the Yale Program on Financial Stability's New Bagehot Project. She was previously employed as an investment banking analyst in New York City at Hypatia Capital. In this capacity she performed financial analysis, networked amongst Manhattan financiers, and dabbled in private equity and marketing. In spring 2017, she performed economic policy research, as well as governance policy research for the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. At Brookings, she focused on financial regulation and Czech Jewish history. She intends to pursue finance professionally and obtain a doctoral degree in the field. In early 2018, she was the Apple Campus Representative to Dartmouth College.

 

Priya's academic focus at Dartmouth was on financial economics and international comparative politics. She follows her passion for academia through extensive research within the Dartmouth College Department of Government in the areas of Kenyan politics and media bias surrounding the 2016 US election. She has also performed research on the significance of medical language and the relationship between presidential approval ratings and stock performance. She completed the Tuck School of Business's Pre-MBA program, the Undergraduate Business Bridge in December 2017. She also wrote a senior Honors Government thesis titled Redefining the Fourth Amendment: Searches and Seizures in the Age of Technology.

At Dartmouth, Priya was also heavily involved in Women in Business, Dartmouth College Fencing Club, Dartmouth Finance Society, Dartmouth College Parliamentary Debate Team, and the Tabard Co-Educational Fraternity. She held executive positions in the latter two. She was also War and Peace Fellow, and a Rockefeller Center Peer Mentor. In her free time, Priya enjoys cooking, traveling, running, and squash.

 

RESEARCH

FOURTH AMENDMENT ANALYSIS

May 2018 - May 2019

Under the guidance of Professor Sonu Bedi and Professor John Carey, Priya wrote a senior Honors Government thesis examining the changing protections, or lack thereof, provided by the Fourth Amendment in an era where technology is the dominant medium of communication and data storage.

ECONOMIC HEALTH AND POLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY

March 2018 - June 2018

Under the guidance of Professor Eric Zitzewitz, Priya conducted independent research into the variations of presidential approval rating with various metrics of market performance including stock indexes with differing amounts of media coverage and the Fama-French factors.

POLITICAL NEWS VERIFICATION

November 2016 - December 2016

Under the guidance of Professor Brendan Nyhan in Dartmouth College's Department of Government, Priya analyzed current political news articles for their level of accuracy and bias, coding them to determine the reliability of news sources, especially those concerning the election and presidency of Trump. Much of this involves far-right alternative news sources.

KENYAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS

June 2016 - August 2016

Under the guidance of Professor Jeremy Horowitz of Dartmouth College's Department of Government, Priya collected information about the campaigning habits of the Kenyan president and deputy president from 2013-2016 through the articles in the Kenyan periodical, The Daily Nation. This information was analyzed to determine how campaigning varies amongst key demographics in Kenya and its impact on electoral outcomes.

EDUCATION

EDUCATION

BA, DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

2015-2019

Double Major in Honors Government and Economics; Minor in Jewish Studies

LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL

2013-2015

High School Diploma - GPA 4.6
National AP Scholar, Spanish Honors Society, Varsity Fencing Captain, Dean's List

TUCK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

2017

Completed the Tuck Undergraduate Business Bridge Program in December 2017

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