Trina Vithayathil



Trina Vithayathil is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and a trainee at the Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) and Graduate Program in Development (GPD) at Brown. Her dissertation is a qualitative study of a contemporary census in India. She draws upon the contributions of political sociology, India area studies, STS studies, and anthropological and historical demography to explore the network of actors involved in the production of social data. Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2009-2012) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development T-32 Fellowship Program (2012-2013). For the 2012-2013 academic year, she is a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Program on Science, Technology and Society.

Vithayathil has an MA in Sociology from Brown University, a MPP in political and economic development from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Geology from Carleton College. Along with her dissertation research, she is involved in research on low fertility and development in India, and a second project on residential segregation and social inequality in contemporary, urbanizing India.


Political and economic development, Political sociology, Social demography, Social Inequality, Urban sociology