About the Authors

Ekaterina Fedorova

Hello! My name is Ekaterina Fedorova, I’m a junior, and I am UWEB’s VP of Administration and Publication. I’m beyond excited to be launching our new website and blog this year. The VP Administration and Publication position is one I chose to expand into regular long-form writing when I realized that as a statistics and economics double major I was really missing a writing outlet. One year ago, the position did not have an associated committee and in fact this is our first semester including “and Publication” as a part of our committee title. Aside from my articles here, you might recognize my writing from our weekly newsletters (be sure to check them out in the sidebar!) and elsewhere on this website.

A little bit more about my life outside UWEB, as mentioned above, I am a double major in statistics and economics, but I also really love studying languages and music (check out my article on playing bass guitar). To varying degrees, I speak English (hopefully that’s obvious), Russian, French, and German. In my spare time, I like to make incredibly specific Spotify playlists, practice bass guitar, or watch random youtube videos. I absolutely love water sports particularly swimming, rowing, and paddle boarding… albeit not all at the same time of course. Academically, I’m really passionate about working with data-driven questions and looking at empirical evidence in traditionally theory-based dialogues. I don’t yet feel super attached to a specific field within economics, but only because so many topics are interesting! Currently I’m doing research with Professor Clair Brown to create a new index measuring the degree to which countries have policies that promote shared prosperity and economic sustainability. If any of those things are particularly interesting to you check back to our blog throughout the semester and/or feel free to come by and have a chat with me at any UWEB event!

Gowri Somayajula

Hi! My name is Gowri Somayajula, I am a Junior studying Economics and Computer Science and I am always personally looking for good food. As Jane Austen once said, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single woman in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of good food.” Alright so maybe she didn’t say that but she could have. I love to bake and eat what I bake in my spare time. But academically my interests lie in public policy, problem solving and the financial economy. 

I joined UWEB a year ago to find a community with like-minded beliefs and to find a home at Cal. In that year, I found a family of strong, independent women with similar passions for academics and a sense of justice that inspired me to be a better version of myself. Here, we have women who look to provide the best opportunities for each other. Here, we do not compete with each other but instead cherish and support our individual triumphs. UWEB is not just a club, but a lifelong experience that I will remember years after I graduate from college. 

Subaita Rahman

Hello! My name is Subaita, and I’m a second year majoring in Political Economy with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. This will be my first year in UWEB, but not my first year writing for a publication, as I’ve been writing outrageous fantasy stories from a young age and, on the same wavelength, news articles and opinions column in high school and on the Daily Cal. I also like to read a lot (and I work at the Library, so this is a nice bonus) and take really long walks and bike rides to explore the area. Even though I was born and raised in the Bay Area, I still have a lot to discover, and would love suggestions for cool places to see and good food(!) to try. My hobbies overall include cooking and tasting new cuisines as well as writing and reading (and rhyming, apparently). I loves listening to new music and flexing my dance skills and my black belt in tae kwon do, even though I’m probably equally useless in both. 

I’m focusing on economics, and as a whole majoring in Political Economics with a minor in GPP because, besides the fact that I’m from an impoverished developing country myself, the dramatic wealth gap nationally and internationally has always attracted my attention, and I understand there’s a lot of opportunity to help. I look forward to working for public policy and social services both locally, as I already try my best to do, and globally, as I’d love to travel abroad sometime to gain new perspective. 

Can’t wait to write for you all soon!

Victoria Lee

My name is Victoria and I’m excited to join UWEB this semester!

I intend to study economics or something related.

My interest in economics stems from the international view. I was first interested in international affairs which led me to see how much economic factors and countries’ economic goals/interests determined/affected the kind of relationship there would be between them and other countries. 

For fun, I go out and take photos on my own or with a friend and I like that we get to enjoy nature that way. It’s a very relaxing activity and I’m an amateur so I get to experiment with new techniques I learn about. I also love discovering new restaurants and tasty food. Never ask me what my favorite food is because I don’t have one and can’t choose one!

Ishita Rastogi

Hi! My name is Ishita Rastogi. I am a freshman at the University of California Berkeley and am on the Undergraduate Women in Economics Administration Publication Committee. I want to pursue a double major in Business Administration and Data Science. I look forward to being a part of this amazing organization and publishing articles for people to read! I love writing about honestly anything and hope to continue pursuing my passion for writing through this organization.

Outside of UWEB, I love to paint and draw. I really enjoy creating portraits, landscapes, and abstract paintings of various sizes, but am honestly open to trying something new. Art is extremely relaxing and a great way to take a break from studying for me. Apart from that, I love traveling, hiking, going to the gym, and trying out new things around Berkeley. I’m from Texas, so I haven’t seen much of California, let alone Berkeley. I am excited to put my thoughts and ideas into the articles at UWEB, and hope to learn from everyone in this process!