Photo of Malavika JinkaGraduate Research Assistant


Malavika Jinka has joined the SSRC as a Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale and Dr. Mary Read-Wahidi. A native of India, Jinka is working with Drs. Ragsdale and Read-Wahidi and the SSRC Gender Impacts Lab. Jinka is contributing to the Gender Impacts Research (K. Ragsdale, PI; M. Read-Wahidi, Co-PI) funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab (P. Goldsmith, PI). Jinka is contributing to Fish4Zambia (K. Ragsdale, US PI; Lauren Pincus, Host Country PI; M. Read-Wahidi, US Co-PI; P. Marinda, Host Country Co-PI; E. Torell, US Co-PI) funded by USAID through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish (M. Lawrence, PI). Jinka is contributing to the Focus4Teens: Year 4 Evaluation project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through Teen Health Mississippi. Jinka has an MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Madurai University in India and more than a decade of work experience as an editor and writer with various international publishing houses. At Mississippi State University, Jinka is pursuing an MA in Applied Anthropology with the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures. Her Master’s thesis is focused on the nexus between the Indian government’s goals of ‘development for conservation’ and the impact of those goals on people who have been internally displaced from a forest that the government has deemed a ‘wildlife reserve.’

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