My research concerns the migration and subsequent employment of women from the North East of India in the service sector (specifically beauty work) in large metropoles. I am interested in the lived experience of participants in development programs that profess women’s empowerment through training, relocation, and employment in typically gendered professions. I plan to conduct multi-sited fieldwork in Manipur and Bangalore.
I was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from 2007-2009 at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India where I completed my MA in Development Studies. Prior to coming to Brown I was a lecturer at the Ulsan National Institute for Science and Technology (South Korea) where I taught undergraduates a course on leadership and social activism. I’ve also worked with women’s organizations in the United States, South Korea, and India.