Undergraduate Fellows 2014-2015

Undergraduate Fellows

Steven BrownstoneSteven Brownstone

Steven Brownstone
Mathematical Economics

Project Title: Middle Schools in India: Access and Quality

I will be working with the Aser center in New Delhi to analyze the status of upper- primary and secondary education in India, with special emphasis on educational opportunities for girls, as part of a project funded by the MacArthur foundation. The project is conducting a three-wave field study in Mahastra and Bihar which includes a learning assessment, household survey, and school survey, and also includes analysis of existing data. The results of our analysis will be used directly by Aser's parent organization, Pratham, to shape their programs and will provide evidence to guide the work of the wider education community.

Josephine DevanbuJosephine Devanbu

Josephine Devanbu
Science and Society
RISD: Painting

Project Title: Emerging Personhood: Identity and Demography in a Rural Antenatal Clinic

This project will use pregnancy as a case study of the evolving dynamics of knowledge and authority in the Indian health system. I will focus on how expectant mothers and their families navigate between traditional wisdom and modern biomedical protocols as they strive to safely usher in the next generation. In addition this project aims to develop a method of qualitative research that combines verbal interviews with on-site portrait painting as a way of broadening the scope of the study and honoring subject’s individuality.

Daniella FloresDaniella Flores

Daniella Flores
International Relations

Project Title: Rainwater for Humanity

R4H addresses potable water scarcity in Kerala, India by installing rainwater harvesting systems under a sustainable business model. As a student group, we have achieved pilot traction with 13 tanks providing clean drinking water to 80 families. This summer, we seek to expand operation for broader impact. We intend to work under our partner NGO, M.S.S.R.F., to scale our vision regionally. We will leverage office space, legal counsel, and translation services for on-the-ground work that will determine long-term stability. Ultimately, we expect to locally incorporate as a non-profit, strengthen on-site partnerships, and survey remote villages for future implementation of our program.

Samuel LeeSamuel Lee

Samuel Lee
Civil Engineering

Project Title: Rainwater for Humanity


Emilo LeanzaEmilio Leanza

Emilo Leanza

Project Title: Oral Histories of the Naxalite Movement (1967-75)

This project focuses on the role of student activists during the Naxalite Movement in West Bengal from 1967-75. Through collecting oral histories of former activists as well as consulting the archives, I will spend the summer in Kolkata exploring the ways in which the Naxalites were connected to a wider framework of global student revolt during the tumultuous 1960s. As most scholarship of protest during the 1960s emphasizes events in Europe and the Americas, my history honors thesis fills a gap in historical writing by highlighting the place of the Naxalites within a complex transnational flow of revolutionary ideas.

Ria MirchandaniRia Mirchandani

Ria Mirchandani
Computer Science, IC in Human Migration

Project Title: Remembering Partition: The Sindhi Perspective

"Remembering Partition: The Sindhi Perspective" is the culmination of several in depth video interviews of the Sindhi partition survivors from various corners of India over a 10 week period. The experience of the Sindhis is severely understudied; this project aims to shed light on their stories through the use the an interactive website, where the oral histories are uploaded. The goal is not only to honor the resilience of the survivors but also to create an easily accessible resource of videos for other organizations to use and figure generations to learn from.

Alisa Schubert-Yuasa Alisa Schubert-Yuasa

Alisa Schubert-Yuasa
International Relations

Project Title: How is the Aam Aadmi Party Changing India’s Political Landscape?

How is the Aam Aadmi Party changing India's political landscape? The AAP has taken India by storm, and what makes it alluring is the idea that it is a common man’s party. Until now, politicians have had the distinct image of being corrupt. AAP on the other hand is constructed of journalists and lawyers and other workers – other common men. The party's cry to clean politics of corruption is its main appeal. AAP’s inclination to be dramatic and undermine the traditional system of governance has captured national attention since its conception. What does the sudden rise of a party like AAP say about India’s social situation?