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Education

August 2015- December 2019

Doctorate in South Asian Studies

Thesis: Mapping Women's Worlds in Contemporary Urban Banaras

Supervisor: Prof. Vineeta Sinha

Co-Supervisor: Dr. Sidharthan Maunaguru

June 2011- April 2013

Master of Arts in Media and Cultural Studies

Thesis: Reflections on Kathak: Gender and Sexuality

Supervisor: Dr. Shilpa Phadke

July 2008- May 2011

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Hons.)

Major in Women Studies

 
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Work Experience

October 2020-Present

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Communications and New Media; Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster 

National University of Singapore

  • Working on the project investigating sexual misconduct on university and college campuses in Singapore.

  • Converting my PhD dissertation into a monograph.

  • Working on several journal articles publications in top tier feminist and anthropological journals 

August 2019 - May 2020

Teaching Assistant (Full Time)
Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

  • SC3101: Sociological Thought and Theory

  • SC3208: Religion in Society and Culture

  • SC3216: Self and Society 

  • SC3228: Senses and Society  

January-December 2020

Supervision
Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

Independent Study Module

  • Topic: Mensuration and Production of Body Knowledge in Singapore

  • Topic: Studying Sex Education and its Impact on Young adults in Singapore

July 2015-October 2019

Research Assistant

 National University of Singapore

  • Reframing and Drafting Sexual Harassment Policy for NUS Staff (University-wide) for Prof. Vineeta Sinha | July 2019 - October 2019

  • Temple Tracks: Labour, Mobility and Piety by Prof. Vineeta Sinha | May - July 2018

  • A Republic in the Making: India in the 1950s by Prof. Gyanesh Kudaisya | November-December 2015

  • Sociological Theory Beyond the Canon by Prof. Vineeta Sinha | September - November 2015 

August 2015 - December 2018

Graduate Teaching Assistant
South Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore

  • Framing Bollywood: Unpacking the Magic | August 2015-December 2015; August 2016- December 2016 | August 2018 - December 2018

  • Beasts, People and Wild Environments in South Asia | January 2017 - May 2017; January 2018 - August 2018

  • Emerging Singapore-India Emerging Relations | January 2016 - May 2016

April 2014 - May 2015

Head of Advocacy

Feminist Approach to Technology

  • Raised funds for multiple projects at FAT from organizations like Hewlett Packard Foundation, Ford Foundation, Mama Cash, Global Fund for Women, South Asian Funds for Women, American Jewish World Society and Oak Foundation.

  • Published FAT’s report on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education among girls in India. The report was to understand attrition of girls in these subjects in government schools in various cities (primary focus was New Delhi).

  • Organized advocacy for STEM reports with national and international level stakeholders in the fields of education, science, technology and women’s rights focusing on government schools.

  • Conducted and organized workshops for girls from socially and economically disadvantaged communities on relevant topics like gender, patriarchy, feminism, love, sexuality, negotiating feminist politics at home, self-sufficiency through inclusivity, and early and forced marriage (EFM) project.

  • Supervised and managed a fellowship project funded by South Asian Women’s Fund, by mentoring three young women fellows (from disadvantaged backgrounds) at FAT. The three fellows worked in their communities to advocate and empower women by using everyday technologies and conducted workshops on women’s rights.

  • Organized and managed sessions and workshops for FAT’s team by renowned women and feminists on themes of feminism, sexuality, sex education, human rights, violence against women, monitoring and evaluation, among various other topics.

January 2014-June 2014

Media Associate 
Commutiny

  • Organised and managed a campaign where Indian youth formulated a manifesto called unManifesto funded by United Nations Populations Fund (UNFP).

  • Engaged in disseminating strategies through written and visual mediums, on various online and offline platforms, for the youth-led campaign unManifesto.

  • Published a narrative report for the United Nations Populations Fund for the unManifesto Campaign.

April 2013-December 2013

Research Associate 
IT for Change

  • Published a baseline report for UN Women for the project on women using mobile technologies in rural Mysore, Karnataka.

  • Created a curriculum for a short-term course on IT for Development held in Manipal University.

  • Made a short film which was screened at a UN convention for women, in Bangkok, on everyday

  • technologies enabling women in communicating information in a rural setting.

  • Created a detailed technical report based on a situation analysis of Mysore for ‘Making Women's  Voices and Votes Count’ project. The report consisted of news reports on women’s engagement with technologies and their biases and struggles with it.

 
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Fieldwork Experience

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Conducted research in Banaras, North India, to study women’s lives and experiences of urbanism in this unique ancient religious city for my PhD dissertation.

Fieldsite: Jharkhand, India

May-June 2014

Fieldsite: Banaras, India

November 2016-January 2019

Conducted fieldwork, for Feminist Approach to Technology, in 5 rural villages to gauge the situation of women and girls education in government schools. The focus was on women in tribal communities and their access to education.

 
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January 2015- August 2019

NUS Research Scholarship Award, National University of Singapore

Received NUS Research Scholarship, with full funding, to pursue my PhD at South Asian Studies for a period of 4 years. 

August 2015 - July 2018

FRIDA Advisory Board

Helping FRIDA- A Young Feminist Fund organisation to make decisions about which feminist and women organisations should receive funds for their projects.

March, 2014

World Film Festival, Estonia

Documentary made on Mixed Martial Arts in India called Bloodsport was nominated and screened at World Film Festivalm, Estonia.      

January, 2012

Documentary Screened on National News Channel

Short documentary commemorating 20 years since Bombay riots was screened by NDTV 24x7 (popular Indian English news channel)                

Awards, Acknowledgment & Fellowships

 
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August 2017 - january 2018

NUS Fieldwork Grant, Faculty Of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS

National University of Singapore funded my fieldwork, in Banaras, India,  for my dissertation through this grant

April 2017

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for ‘Framing Bollywood: Unpacking the Magic’

For the course 'Framing Bollywood: Unpacking the Magic' at the South Asian Studies Programme, NUS 

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October 2020-Present

Postdoctoral Fellowship, National University of Singapore

Received Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Communications and New Media (CNM) and Gender & Sexuality research Cluster,  National University of Singapore (NUS)

August 2019

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for ‘Framing Bollywood: Unpacking the Magic’

For the course 'Framing Bollywood: Unpacking the Magic' at the South Asian Studies Programme, NUS 

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