The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2020. The APSA DDRIG program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented.
Nandini is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University. Previously, she earned her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Delhi, India, and a Master of Science in History from the University of Edinburgh, UK. She also has experience in academic publishing, having worked as an editor for history, religion, and philosophy books at Oxford University Press in New Delhi, India. Nandini was a member of the first class of the APSA Public Scholarship Program in 2019.
At Johns Hopkins, Nandini has been involved with multiple research projects on topics that range from colonial state formation to the American women’s suffrage movement to research ethics in conflict zones. She enjoys teaching and is planning to teach a course on citizenship regimes in South Asia for the academic year 2021–2022. Her own PhD research investigates the links between colonial-era institutions and postcolonial citizenship regimes and takes India as its primary case. Her project aims to illustrate the foundational ways in which colonial legacies constitute citizenship regimes after independence and how group claims, rather than individual rights, are critical to this project.