Vijay Menon is a research assistant in domestic policy at The Heritage Foundation. His work focuses on welfare and ways to ensure the nation’s system supports the people it serves by promoting self-sufficiency and human dignity through work, marriage and community. His published research covers a wide range of topics including universal basic income, means-tested programs such as food stamps, and the scope of the welfare state. Menon's commentaries have been published by The Daily Signal, The Hill and POLITICO Magazine; his research has been cited by national media outlets such as Fox News and The Daily Wire.
Prior to joining The Heritage Foundation, Menon served as research assistant to scholar W. Bradford Wilcox at the University of Virginia from 2016 to 2018. He interned at Hillsdale College’s Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship during the summer of 2014, the Heritage Foundation during the summer of 2015, and held The Heritage Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship in Welfare Studies from 2017 to 2018. Menon graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in economics and government and a master’s degree in public policy.