EDUCATION

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Ohio Wesleyan University

  • Bachelor of Arts with University Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum Laude, Dec 2006
  • Majors: Economics/International Studies
  • GPA: 3.97/4.00

WORK EXPERIENCE

Cultural Anthropologist/Consultant, Center for Civic Design, USA, Mar 2016 – Present 

  • Use mixed methods to gauge voting habits, civic engagement patterns, and digital and paper ballot usage
  • Methodologies include semi-structured interviews, participant observation, digital diaries, and usability testing
  • Project 1: Ballot testing and participation research for The Participatory Budgeting Project, NYC (http://labs.council.nyc/pb/)
  • Project 2: Digital civic engagement toolkit for election officials (http://electiontools.org/)
  • Project 3: Examining the intersection of voter intent with ballot design for Rank Choice Voting (http://www.fairvote.org/rcv#rcvbenefits)

Qualitative UX Researcher, FactSet Research Systems, Inc., New York City, USA, July – Nov 2015

  • Strategized and developed User Personas across the company’s customer base to categorize user needs and expectations out of the digital brand
  • Designed and circulated surveys to develop data patterns behind the Personas
  • Facilitated internal focus group sessions to understand inter-departmental communication
  • Planned, moderated and executed stakeholder focus groups to prioritize product development agendas
  • Spearheaded a departmental switch to Atlas.ti – a qualitative data software to analyze and collaborate across User Experience (UX) research projects

International Consultant, Caribbean Local Economic Development Program (DFATD/Federation of Canadian Municipalities), Trinidad and Tobago, June 2014, May 2013

  • Provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Local Government
  • Updated local economic development profile for the Chaguanas Borough Corporation
  • Outlined gaps and challenges between existing economic model and local economic development (LED) model proposed by CARILED
  • Proposed recommendations to meet gaps related to successful LED within project guidelines
  • Expanded previously conducted case study on political and socio- cultural structures in Chaguanas

Country Manager, Mela Artisans LLC, Mumbai, India, Nov 2010- Jul 2012

  • Focused on capacity building of newly-identified artisan groups across India
  • Oversaw baseline study to assess company’s impact on itsartisan communities
  • Spearheaded an online micro-lending program for rural artisans
  • Produced videos, wrote editorial posts highlighting the stories of artisans
  • Procured and shipped Indian handicrafts to the United States

Television Freelancer, Mumbai, India, Oct 2009- Jul 2012

  • Anchor, CNBC-TV18
  • Assistant Director, Surabhi Foundation/Nat Geo/Fox History/UNESCO
  • Documentary on the history and culture of Pashmina shawls (Kashmir)
  • Writer, The Samosa (www.thesamosa.co.uk) Articles on current cultural/political issues in India

Features Correspondent, CNBC-TV18, Mumbai, India, Oct 2007- Sept 2009

  • Produced and filed stories for a weekly technology show called Tech Toyz
  • Anchored and scripted a four-part travel series called Discover Ireland
  • Co-hosted Golden Cursor Animation Awards 2009, IT User Awards 2008
  • Anchored the weekend News Now segment
  • Filed features stories for a primetime news show called India Business Hour

BUSINESS SKILLS

  • Atlas.ti
  • Concept Mapping
  • Usability Testing
  • Surveys
  • Stakeholder Consultations
  • Interviewing
  • Participant Observation
  • Focus Groups
  • Digital Diaries
  • Ethnography
  • Personas

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
  • Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
  • National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
  • Future Professoriate Program, Syracuse University

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching Assistant, Syracuse University

  • ANT 121: People and Cultures of the World, Spring 2015
  • ANT 185: Global Encounters, Fall 2014
  • ANT 131: Introduction to Physical Anthropology, Spring 2014
  • ANT 185: Global Encounters, Fall 2013
  • ANT 121: People and Cultures of the World, Spring 2013
  • ANT 185: Global Encounters, Fall 2012

Invited Lectures

  • “Identity in Trinidad and Tobago”, (ANT 300) Hindus in the Caribbean, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University, Nov 2014
  • “Neoliberalism, Structural Violence, and Poverty”, (ANT 185), Global Encounters, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University, Oct 2014
  • “India and Poverty”, (ANT 185) Global Encounters, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University, Sept 2012

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

Publications

  • Narratives of Development: An Anthropological Investigation into Narratives as a Source of Enquiry in Development Planning. Anthropology in Action/Berghahn Journals. June 2016. http://bit.ly/2bZO3Xf

Conference Presentations

  • “Re-introducing the Colonial Past: A Narrative Analysis of Indian Ethnic Identity and Local Economic Development in Trinidad and Tobago.” South Asia Graduate Conference. (Chicago, Illinois, Mar 2015)
  • “Anthropological Musings on Collaboration as Good Governance: A Case Study of Local Economic Development in Trinidad and Tobago.” Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mar 2015)
  • “Negotiating the Future: An Anthropological Investigation of State Transformation and Local Government Reform in Trinidad and Tobago”. Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth Conference. (Exeter, UK, Apr 2015)
  • “Contextualizing Inter-governmental Interventions in the Development of ‘Market Towns’.” Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference. (Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mar 2014)

Scholarships/Awards/Honors

  • Maxwell Citizenship Initiative Grant, Syracuse University, May 2016
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Syracuse University, Apr 2015
  • Claudia De Lys Grant for Dissertation Research, Syracuse University, Apr 2015
  • Roscoe-Martin Fund for Research, Syracuse University, May 2015, May 2014
  • Summer Research Grant, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean, Syracuse University, May 2015, May 2013
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant to the Annual Conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists, UK, Apr 2015
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant to the International City/County Managers Association Conference, Syracuse University, Sept 2014
  • Pre-ABD Fieldwork Award, Anthropology Department, Syracuse University, May 2013, May 2014
  • Graduate Student Organization Summer Research Grant, Syracuse University, May 2013, May 2014
  • Presidential Scholarship (100% tuition waiver), Ohio Wesleyan University, Aug 2003- Dec 2006

VOLUNTEER SERVICE

  • Special Projects Coordinator, National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, May 2015- Present
  • Secretary, Anthropology Graduate Student Organization, Syracuse University, Aug 2013- May 2014
  • Guest Speaker Coordinator for Dr. Andrea Muehlebach, from the University of Toronto, Oct 2014