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Ragini Saira Malhotra

Ragini Saira Malhotra




Ragini Saira Malhotra, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, is the recipient of a $300 CRF travel award.


Ragini Saira Malhotra, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, is the recipient of a $500 CRF dissertation award. Under the guidance of Dr. Joya Misra, her dissertation will explore migrant children’s experiences of paid and unpaid work across family and non-family settings in India. Combing interviews with children and adults, and ethnographic data and basic time use surveys, Ragini’s research responds to debates about India’s contested child labor policy, which assumes family workspaces are necessarily more protective than the market. Ragini will consider in particular how children experience family across several settings -- workshops, homes and the streets – to interrogate whether or not work in family contexts is substantially different and less exploitative than in other contexts. With Delhi’s urban informal economy as her field-site, Ragini will also explore how the intersecting identities of gender, caste and migrant status shape children’s experiences, particularly in the case of unpaid care work. She is currently Program Director for a research foundation in New Delhi, and has an MA in Sociology and an MIA with a concentration in Human Rights.