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Episode 2: Economics of equitable medicine

Maya Durvasula takes us through her journey of self-discovery, explores the questions that drive her curiosity at the intersection of economics, medicine, and policy, and more.
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In this episode, Maya Durvasula (2020 cohort), a joint JD-PhD candidate in economics, talks about optimism in economics, the importance of data in healthcare, and her vision that “access to medicine is universal.” She also discusses her journey to Stanford and Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS), exploration of public policy, and more.

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Portrait of Maya Durvasula

Maya Durvasula (2020 cohort) from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a JD/PhD candidate in economics at Stanford. She graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Maya’s research focuses on understanding how law and policy shape the production and use of scientific, medical, and technical knowledge. The goal of her work is to inform the design of policies that can improve access to high-quality medical and scientific technologies.


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Imagine A World is hosted by Willie Thompson, left, and Taylor Goss, right.

Taylor Goss (2021 cohort), from Lacassine, Louisiana, is pursuing an MA in music, science, and technology and an MPP in public policy at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. He graduated with college honors from Louisiana State University with bachelor's degrees in music and entrepreneurship. Taylor aspires to connect musicians and policymakers, using the arts to communicate societal needs and provoke policy change.

Willie Thompson (2022 cohort), from Griffin, Georgia, is pursuing a master's degree in business administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He graduated summa cum laude from Morehouse College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in Chinese Studies. He intends to create and contribute to organizations using the arts as a conduit for community building and intercultural education.

Imagine A World's theme music was composed and recorded by Taylor Goss. The podcast was originally conceived and led by Briana Mullen (2020 cohort), Taylor Goss, and Willie Thompson, along with Daniel Gajardo (2020 cohort) and Jordan Conger (2020 cohort).

Knight-Hennessy scholars represent a vast array of cultures, perspectives, and experiences. While we as an organization are committed to elevating their voices, the views expressed are those of the scholars, and not necessarily those of KHS.

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