Columbia University professor Suresh Naidu
Naidu is not the only academic aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement, nor is he the most well-known by a long shot. His Columbia colleague Joseph Stiglitz makes occasional appearances at the park, and Cornel West has become a tuxedoed star of the media coverage.
What sets Naidu apart is the extent to which he’s involved in the day-to-day activities of the Zuccotti community. You won’t find him sleeping in the park, but few who know him would question his commitment to the protest. He spends long hours there, and to save time, occasionally asks his students to meet him in the park to discuss their papers.
Naidu has been working closely with Drew University professor Maliha Safri in the day-to-day activities of Occupy Wall Street as well as the political economy teach-in series.