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ESP Biography



NICK SHANKAR, Stanford junior studying Economics




Major: Economics

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi!! I'm a junior at Stanford majoring in Economics with a focus on international health and development economics. As an aspiring development economist, I hope to expand access to opportunity through careful and rigorous analysis of policy-relevant issues. I also love teaching and hope to chat a bit about what I spend my time learning here on campus!

Outside of economics, I have a deep passion for film, having founded my high school's Classic Film Club and spending probably way too much time around here watching movies. I also enjoy exploring cities such as Chicago (where I'm from), and really, really love karaoke and South Indian food. I greatly look forward to seeing you in class, and whichever course you take hope you enjoy our Splash program!



Past Classes

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S7239: Essentials of U.S. Health Policy in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
The United States health care system is incredibly complex, costs $3.5 trillion a year, and faces many long-term structural challenges. While most Americans agree health care reform is urgently needed, relatively few people — students included — know the fundamentals about how our health system is currently structured, and why it came to be the way it is. In this class, students will learn the essentials of how health care in the United States is provided and funded, and explore trends in health care spending, coverage, structure, and outcomes. We will also discuss recent health policy developments, such as the Affordable Care Act and proposals to repeal it. Students will leave class better informed about how our health system works on a structural and policy level — knowledge needed to play a meaningful role in changing our system for the better. No prior knowledge of health care or health policy is needed for this class.


H7241: Film Appreciation and Discussion in Splash Spring 2019 (May. 04 - 05, 2019)
We will be watching Pather Panchali by director Satyajit Ray, a movie ranked among the top ten greatest films ever made, and engaging in an hour of discussion about the film and its related themes, form, and philosophical questions afterwards.


S6270: Essentials of U.S. Health Policy in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
The United States health care system is incredibly complex, costs $3.3 trillion a year, and faces many long-term structural challenges. While Americans generally agree health care reform is urgently needed, relatively few people -- students included -- know the fundamentals about how our health system is currently structured, and why it came to be the way it is. In this class, students will learn the essentials of how health care in the United States is provided and funded, and explore trends in health care spending, coverage, structure, and outcomes. We will also discuss recent health policy developments, such as the Affordable Care Act and proposals to repeal it. Students will leave class better informed about how our health system works on a structural and policy level -- knowledge needed to play a meaningful role in changing our system for the better. No prior knowledge of health care or health policy is needed for this class, but to ensure we can have an informed discussion, approximately 45 minutes of readings on recent health system issues and trends will be distributed in advance.


H6429: Film Appreciation and Discussion in Splash Spring 2018 (May. 05 - 06, 2018)
We will be watching Wild Strawberries by director Ingmar Bergman, a movie ranked among the greatest ever made, and engaging in an hour of discussion about the film and its related themes, form, and philosophical questions afterwards.


A6029: Film Appreciation and Discussion in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 11 - 12, 2017)
We will be watching Blade Runner by director Ridley Scott and engaging in an hour of discussion about the film and its related themes, form, and philosophical questions afterwards.


A5691: Film Appreciation and Discussion in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
We will be watching A Serious Man by the Coen Brothers and having an hour of discussion about the movie and its related themes and philosophical questions afterwards.