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Payal P. Shah is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Education Policy Studies – International and Comparative Education at Indiana University - Bloomington.  Payal has a B.A. from Colby College in International Studies, and M.A.s in Sociology and International Comparative Education from Indiana University.  She is currently finishing her dissertation, ‘Situating Empowerment: Girls, Education and Empowerment in Gujarat, India”, an ethnography of a public girls’ residential school in rural, Western India.  Payal has been awarded a Fulbright Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, Indiana University Wells Graduate Fellowship, Discipline Based Studies in Education Fellowship, Indiana University Proffit Fellowship, and other research and travel grants.  Payal’s main research interests include gender, international development, and education for adolescent aged girls in India.  She has served as a research consultant for the Ministry of Education, Gujarat and Pratham, India’s largest education oriented NGO.  Before her doctoral studies, Payal served as an American India Foundation William J. Clinton Service Fellow in India, and an Americorps volunteer in the US.  See www.usglobalcompetence.org for a short documentary and interview of Payal’s research in India by the Department of Education to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title VI. 











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