Liya Palagashvili, Ph.D.
New York

Liya Palagashvili, Ph.D.

SFL North America

Former student leader now a professor

Liya Palagashvili, once a member of the executive board and a former SFL leader is now an Assistant Professor of Economics at SUNY-Purchase College and a research fellow with NYU Law. When reflecting on her time with Students For Liberty, Liya said she is grateful for her time with SFL, saying, “[SFL] became my community and my life-long friends, and I’ve learned so much about communicating the ideas of liberty through SFL.”

She first got involved in SFL in 2009 after attending one of our Regional Conferences. Her proudest accomplishment during her time with SFL was organizing the webinar series, wherein one webinar was held a month. As she describes, “I was in charge of choosing speakers and topics, inviting them, organizing everything, marketing, and so on. I remember it took a lot of time and hard work, but they were quite successful.”

In 2016, Liya was selected as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Law & Policy. She was chosen in recognition of her research into how regulatory frameworks effects the working environment for tech startups; this is being done through interviews and surveys that go out to founders and CEOs in order that an analysis can be done. Forbes also cited her ongoing work on a book examining regulatory responses to the 2008 financial crisis.

Liya is also conducting research into criminal justice reform, focusing on the development of policing in the second half of the 20th century.

Today, her research areas include law and economics, political economy, development economics, and entrepreneurship.

Now, Liya is teaching the lessons of economics to a new generation of students and conducting research into new areas. Students For Liberty is proud to have alumni as driven and talented as Liya!

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