Ramya Parthasarathy is a Ph.D. candidate in the fields of Comparative Politics and Political Theory. Her primary interests focus on ethnic and gender politics, governance and accountability, and democratic theory. Ramya’s research analyzes the way in which both state policies and social norms regarding gender and caste identity affect political participation and voter behavior, electoral accountability, and development outcomes in India.
Ramya is a recipient of the Ric Weiland Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities and Sciences. She is also a contributing researcher to the Social Observatory, a unit within the World Bank’s India office that aims to connect development research with project implementation on the ground.
Supported by Stanford Center for South Asia, Ramya has conducted field work in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, India. In addition, she has done exploratory field interviews in Sierra Leone with the Governance Collaboratory at Stanford's d.School.
Ramya has served as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate Research Honors Track (PoliSci 291, 292, 293) and PoliSci 3/EthicSoc 171: Justice.
Prior to coming to Stanford, Ramya was a Teach for America corps member in Philadelphia, where she taught high school English to students with special needs. She received her B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard in 2009.