I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology. My research examines how women’s bodies and beauty are used as representations of modernity and development in South Asia. I am concerned with the ways in which beauty expectations, standards, procedures, and rituals have evolved over time to reflect changing political and cultural landscapes.
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. I spent the past three years as a lecturer at the Ulsan National Institute for Science and Technology (South Korea) teaching undergraduates a course on leadership and social activism. I’ve also worked with women’s organizations in the United States, South Korea, and India.