Economics & Philosophy
Avanti Rangnekar is an undergraduate student from Knoxville, Tennessee. She is interested in sustainable development, health economics and bioethics. She is currently pursuing a degree in Economics and Philosophy with the ultimate goal of studying how healthcare delivery can be efficiently, ethically and sustainably implemented in society. Her research interests include the ways in which social responsibility can be incorporated within the health care sector and how health-related corporations can be used as vital tools for impact work. Her research interests as it relates to bioethics include moral questions in healthcare and clinical decision-making as well as health economics including but not limited to consumer-driven healthcare and consumer behavior.
Avanti currently performs research in Dr. Garriy Shteynberg’s lab in the Department of Psychology, which through the perspective of social psychology, seeks to understand the power of cultural norms and their role in regulating human behavior. She also does research with Dr. Sarah Harper in the Philosophy Department on Bioethics. During Summer 2016, Avanti studied abroad in the UK where she completed a course on Political Economy at the London School of Economics and at the University of Edinburgh where she did research on medical ethics under Abby King, a medical anthropologist.
On campus, Avanti is also a Baker Scholar affiliated with the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy. She serves as a student representative on the UTK Undergraduate Research Advisory Council, the Chair of Outreach for Pursuit: The Journal of Undergraduate Research, President of the Undergraduate Research Students’ Association, Vice President of TEDxUTK and the non-profit exp865, and a junior representative of the Honors Council for the Chancellors Honors Program.