Undergraduate Fellows

Undergraduate Fellows

David Adler

David Adler
Development Studies

Project Title: Beyond Corruption: Indian Bureaucracy and Implementation

Corruption remains the most common explanation for state failures in India. David will test the corruption thesis in his investigation of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and its effort to rehabilitate the Kathputli slum in West Delhi. His project will detail the challenges of Indian bureaucracy in facilitating Delhi’s transition to a Global City.

Sujaya Desai

Sujaya Desai
Anthropology and International Relations

Project Title: Bridging the Divide Between Legal and Social Realms

The area that I am interested in looking into through this research project is the divide that occurs between the legal and social realms in India. Focusing specifically on cases of sexual violence against women, this project seeks to question the extent to which legal and social changes reflect one another. In addition, I also want to look into the ways in which legal discourse can be limiting and what the alternative pathways are to bring about social change.

Anamta Farook

Anamta Farook
Education Studies

Project Title: Experience in Education Policy Design and Research in India

The Planning Commission is an institution of the Indian Government that publishes India's Five-Year Plans on economic, educational, health and other domains. Through a 5-week internship at the Planning Commission in Delhi, India, I will be involved with policy design and research in Indian higher education. My work in particular focuses on designing a research assessment framework for pre-selected universities with a view to improve the research capacity of the higher education system and align it with the socio-economic needs of the country.

Jenna Haber

Jenna Haber
History

Project Title: Managing Water and Waste: Working with Janaagraha in Bangalore, Karnataka

Jenna Haber will be interning in the PROOF (Public Record of Operations and Finance) Campaign at Janaagraha, a Bangalore non-profit organization working towards promoting civic engagement and transparency in government. She will be working on their initiative to evaluate urban quality of life through defining factors such as infrastructure quality, government services, and citizenship participation.

Viveka Hulyalkar

Viveka Hulyalkar
Political Science

Project Title: “Let’s Be Well Red” (LBWR): Expanding the Health Scout Program Throughout Mumbai to Sustainably Combat Anemia"

Viveka will be working in Mumbai this summer on a non-profit startup campaign called "Let's Be Well Red." Developed by Brown students, the project seeks to combat anemia, a blood disorder that afflicts 80% of the Indian population and is the #1 cause of maternal and fetal deaths, through the dissemination of an iron-rich nutrition bar made from Indian ingredients. Viveka will train high school students through the campaign's "Health Scouts" program to promote the dietary supplement within their own communities, making the solution self-sustainable.

Hailey Nguyen

Hailey Nguyen
Sociology

Project Title: Dimensions and Determinants of Rising Sex Ratios in South India

This project will study trends in sex ratios of children at birth and ages between 1 and 15 in rural Vellore District India and explore the determinants of sex ratios, including household wealth, caste and village of residence. In addition, this project aims to design household survey modules for the South India Community Study (SICS), in order to gain more insight on gender ideology, fertility preferences and child health and health care utilization.

Taran Raghuram

Taran Raghuram
Economics

Project Title: Understanding the Nature and Extent of Corruption in India

Janaagraha's website"iPaidaBribe.com" was created to increase public knowledge about the extent of corruption in urban India and is the first of its kind. In my research, I will investigate the effects of this online campaign on the citizens' awareness of the issue and on endemic corruption itself.

Florian Schalliol

Florian Schalliol
Physics and Philosophy, Economics

Project Title: GOOD/CORPS India Expansion

Corporate Social Responsibility in India: In partnership with various for-profit companies, non-profits, and research organizations, we will be piloting a package of products, techniques, and best practices for for-profit companies in India to start or expand Corporate Social Responsibility programs.