I. L. Sharfman's career at the University of Michigan began in 1912 following his education at Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He retired in 1955 after 43 years of service. His recognitions of merit at Michigan were many- including Chairmanship of the Department of Economics for 25 years and appointments as Rackham Research Professor, Henry Carter Adams distinguished professor and Russel Lecturer. This Fellowship was established by friends and colleagues of I. Leo Sharfman Fellowship Fund as an endowment fund.
Aneesha Parvathaneni is an incoming economics Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan. She worked as a Tobin Predoctoral fellow at the Yale economics department for Professors Cormac O'Dea and Yusuke Narita. Prior to that, she worked as a Research Associate at J-PAL South Asia on network related projects for Professors Arun Chandrasekhar and Benjamin Golub. Aneesha is deeply interested in development economics and applied microeconomics. She holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.