The Society for the
Study of Social Issues



Dr. Rashmi Nair

James Marshall Public Policy Fellow, 2016 - 2017

Dr. Rashmi Nair is currently serving as SPSSI’s James Marshall Public Policy Fellow in a dual role at the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Rep. Raul Grijalva’s office (co-chair of the Caucus). The Congressional Progressive Caucus consists of over seventy Members of Congress and seeks to “give voice to the needs and aspirations of all Americans and to build a more just and humane society.” As a legislative fellow in this dual role, Dr. Nair is working on a variety of timely issues in the realm of both foreign and domestic policies. Among others, she is working on issues pertaining to U.S. foreign policy, international wars, international trade, human rights, as well as science and technology. 

Dr. Nair completed her Ph.D. in social psychology at Clark University in 2016. Broadly, her doctoral research investigated the social psychology of members of disadvantaged communities both here in the U.S. and internationally. Her research has received funding from organizations including the International Peace Research Association Foundation, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the American Psychological Association (Div. 48).

Before joining Clark University, Dr. Nair was engaged with various non-profit organizations in India working toward conflict resolution and the promotion of inter-religious understanding. Going forward, she aims to use her social science research background to inform policy decisions directed at improving the situation of disadvantaged minorities and relations between polarized communities.

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin