At the start of 2021, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies is excited to welcome Riddhi Mehta-Neugebauer, our first Research Director, to the Bridges Center staff.
As Research Director, Mehta-Neugebauer will be responsible for advancing the research mission of the Bridges Center by working with University of Washington faculty and students to publicize Labor Studies research and building partnerships with relevant local organizations and policymakers.
Riddhi calls the Bay Area home, but has lived, studied and worked in Southern California, Boston, Georgia, Florida and various parts of India. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, she worked with a labor union on domestic and international corporate research and capital stewardship campaigns. She has also spent time in rural India conducting livelihood research with grassroots organizations.
Riddhi's academic background is in city and regional planning, with a Bachelors Degree from University of California, Berkeley and a Masters Degree from the University of California, Irvine. She is soon to defend her PhD in Political Science at the University of Washington. Her current research interests within political science involve the political economy of labor unions, political partisanship, responsible institutional investment, and welfare institutions.