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Alumni Spotlight

In this section, we feature Georgetown Debate alumni and their lives/careers since their time on the Hilltop. If you’d like to be featured, please email!

Alumni Spotlight: Anup Malani ’93

Current Occupation: Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law and Professor, Pritzker School of Medicine, at the University of Chicago

Years Debating at Georgetown: 1989-1993

Favorite Memory of Georgetown Debate: Jeff Parcher beseeching Tim McRae and I, who were in the middle of a slump, not to “find a new way to up” in the next round of a tournament. We took it to heart and made it, I think to the final 16 or 8 of the NDT. (Tim has a better memory, so he’ll remember how far we went.

How Debate Has Influenced Him: It made me some friends – especially Tim and Ahilan – that I am close to to this day. 

Bio: Anup Malani is the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and a Professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine.  He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Boston, a Senior Fellow at the Schaeffer Center at University of Southern California, and an editor at the Journal of Law and Economics.  He has served on the boards of the Becker-Friedman Institute, the Neubauer Collegium and the University of Chicago Press.  Malani was the founding Faculty Director of the Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago, which undertakes and evaluates development interventions in India and trains Indian government and NGO officials.

Malani is the co-founder and Faculty Director of the International Innovation Corps, a social service program that sends teams of US and foreign university graduates to work on innovative development projects with government officials in India and Brazil. 

Malani has a PhD in economics and a JD, both from University of Chicago.  He clerked for Judge Stephen Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Malani conducts research in law and economics, health economics and development economics.  His law and economics research focuses on blockchain, judicial behavior, and the welfare impacts of legal reforms.  His health economics research focuses on the value of medical innovation and health care insurance, control of infectious diseases, placebo effects, and conflicts of interest in medicine.  Malani’s development economics work focuses on health care supply and financing in India and the growth of and quality of life in urban slums.  Malani is the principal investigator on the Indian Health Insurance Experiment, an 11,000 household randomized controlled trial of health insurance in Karnataka, India, and on a large-scale impact evaluation of Mission Kakatiya, a major effort to expand rainfall capture as means of irrigation in Telangana, India.  

Malani’s research has been published in leading journals in a number of different fields, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Econometrics, the Harvard Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Archives of Internal Medicine, and Theoretical Population Biology.  

Malani teaches courses in commercial law, health law, the canons of American legal thought, law and economics, and law and development in the Law School, a PhD course in law and economics in the Economics Department, a health economics module in the Pritzker School of Medicine, and a public policy course in the Booth School of Business.