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James Marshall Public Policy Fellow

Dr. Rashmi NairDr. Rashmi Nair served as SPSSI's 2016-2017 James Marshall Public Policy Fellow. As a fellow, she worked with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, the Office of Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). 

During her fellowship, Dr. Nair helped organize congressional hearings and briefings, served as a liaison with national and international human rights groups, identified key human rights violations in complex situations, and generated ideas for effective engagement of the U.S. government. She also conducted legislative research and coordinated strategies with CPC member offices and taskforces; tracked legislation and developments on issues including international affairs, international wars, and terrorism; and drafted legislation, amendments, letters, and talking points.

Dr. Nair earned her PhD in social psychology from Clark University. In her research, she employs both qualitative and quantitative methods to highlight several issues related to the social psychology of members from disadvantaged minorities that shape their intergroup relations. Through her work she has had the opportunity to work with disadvantaged communities in the U.S. as well as in India.