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Each year, the Provost’s Office, under the leadership of the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, invites scholars from underrepresented ethnic communities to apply for prestigious fellowships.
Dissertation fellows complete their dissertation and initiate an ongoing program of scholarly or creative work while becoming familiar with the usual service responsibilities of a university faculty member. Fellows teach one course in their discipline each semester and serve the University in various capacities.
In this “teaching postdoc,” postdoctoral fellows develop as both researchers and teachers. Fellows are housed in an existing department and work with senior faculty members to begin the development of an independent research program. In addition, fellows teach one course per semester in order to gain teaching experience.
Fellowship Placement: International and Multicultural Education, School of Education
Dr. Karishma Desai is the 2017-2018 Gerardo Marín Postdoctoral Fellow in the International and Multicultural Education Department. Her scholarship employs anthropological and transnational feminist lenses in the study of globalization, gender, and education. Concerned with the politics of knowledge in education and international development, her current project investigates the globalization of gender categories, discourses, and practices through girl empowerment initiatives in India and the United States. She is passionate about and has engaged extensively in collaborative research, writing, and educational projects.
Karishma’s doctoral degree is from the department of Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds an Ed.M. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. Karishma has thirteen years of experience as a K-12 classroom teacher, instructional leader, and in educator professional development within the United States and international contexts.