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Rita Jalali Scholar in Residence Department of Sociology

Ph.D, Sociology, Stanford University, California
MA, Sociology, Stanford University, California
MA, Psychology, Delhi University, India
BA, Psychology, Delhi University, India

Rita Jalali, Ph.D is a sociologist and Scholar in Residence in the Department of Sociology and Center on Health, Risk, and Society (CHRS). Her research has focused on cross-national issues of race and ethnicity; social movements; civil society; gender inequalities, and water and sanitation deprivation. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on transnational social movements; NGO-donor relations; NGO-state relations; caste; race and ethnicity; socio-political factors in natural disasters with primary field work in India and Turkey. Her current work in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) focuses on four research areas: a) historical examination of water, sanitation, and hygiene issues in multilateral development organizations using quantitative and qualitative methods; b) quantitative study of household expenditure on sanitation and hygiene in India to examine gender bias in the intra-household allocation of resources; c) a conceptual analysis of the gendered nature of WASH related diseases; d) field studies on menstrual and other personal hygiene practices of poor women in India and its social and health impact.
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