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.