Ashwini Deshpande is Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. Her Ph.D. and early publications have been on the international debt crisis of the 1980s. Subsequently, she has been working on the economics of discrimination and affirmative action issues, with a focus on caste and gender in India, as well as on aspects of the Chinese economy: role of FDI in the reform process, regional disparities and gender discrimination. She has published extensively in leading scholarly journals. She is the author of Grammar of Caste: economic discrimination in contemporary India (2011) and Affirmative Action in India (2013).
She is the editor of: Boundaries of Clan and Color: Transnational studies of inter-group disparity, along with William Darity, Jr. (2003); Globalization and Development: A Handbook of New Perspectives (2007); Captial without borders: challenges to development (2010); and Global Economic Crisis and the developing world, with Keith Nurse (2012).