Renu Mukherjee

Renu Mukherjee is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Mukherjee’s research focuses on education, affirmative action, public interest groups, and political and policy attitudes among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States – particularly Asian Americans. Previously, Mukherjee was a Paulson Policy Analyst at the Manhattan Institute. She is also a PhD student in American politics at Boston College, where her dissertation will focus on affirmative action.


Mukherjee’s recent contributions to City Journal include an analysis of Justice Lewis Powell’s opinion in the 1978 Bakke case on affirmative action and how it should inform the current affirmative action cases addressing evidence of discrimination against Asian American applicants to Harvard and the University of North Carolina. She has also written pieces with Professor Michael Hartney examining the electoral consequences of prolonged schools closures during the pandemic and the role that Asian American voters played in the recall of former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.


Mukherjee has been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Post, and The Hill.