Meet MFP Spring Fellow, Surili Sheth of The University of California, Berkeley

The APSA Minority Fellows Program, established in 1969, aims to increase diversity in the discipline of political science. The Spring MFP supports students from underrepresented backgrounds who are currently enrolled in the first or second year of a political science PhD program. Awards will range between $500 and $1500, depending on availability funds. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the APSA Minority Fellowship Program.

Meet Surili Sheth, 2019 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Recipient

Surili Sheth is pursuing a PhD in political science at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research interests center on social identity (such as gender, religion, and caste), public service delivery, institutions and inequality propagation in South Asia and the United States. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Surili worked as a fellow with IMAGO Global Grassroots in Ahmedabad and Delhi, a manager with IDinsight in Hyderabad, Vijayawada, and Delhi, and a research associate with the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Hyderabad, India. In these capacities, she has worked with SEWA, Transform Rural India, the Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty in Andhra Pradesh (SERP), Ministry of Rural Development (Andhra Pradesh), and Gates Foundation on projects encompassing technology and governance, rural livelihoods, women’s agency and empowerment, and water and sanitation. She has also worked with the Affordable Housing Institute in Boston and the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi. Surili holds an MPA in international development from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BS in economics and political science from The Ohio State University.