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Payal Hathi

Research Fellow

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Payal Hathi is a Ph.D. student in Demography at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her research interests center on health and well-being in India, with a focus on social inequality, gender, sanitation, and the environment.  Originally from southern California, Payal holds a B.A. in economics from UC Berkeley and an M.P.A. in Public Policy and Development Studies from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.



Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI) data is available!

By Payal Hathi, on September 14th, 2018

Starting in 2016, we began Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI), a mobile phone survey collecting data from representative samples of adults in various states across India on people’s attitudes towards social issues such as reservations, intercaste and interreligious marriage, womenRead More..


Breastfeeding promotion in EPW Engage

By Payal Hathi, on March 7th, 2018

Check out Nikhil’s article in EPW Engage in which he explores the government’s current pilot program (Mother’s Absolute Affection, or MAA) to improve breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding is known to help children survive, providing vital nutrition and protection from disease.  Nikhil arguesRead More..


Where India Goes makes The Hindu's Top 10 list!

By Payal Hathi, on January 26th, 2018

The Hindu recently compiled its list of top ten non-fiction books of 2017, and Dean and Diane's Where India Goes made the list!  They write: Coffey and Spears have come out with a deeply researched and thoughtfully written book aboutRead More..


SARI in the news!

By Payal Hathi, on January 25th, 2018

We are excited that SARI findings on explicit prejudice, published in EPW last week, have received the following media coverage to date: Seema Chishti's front page article in the Indian Express - see here Scroll's coverage - see here NewsClick's interviewRead More..



Mobile phone survey methods for measuring social discrimination!

By Payal Hathi, on June 15th, 2020

The Social Attitudes Research, India (SARI) project is among the first to study prejudice and discrimination in India using a low-cost mobile phone survey. We collect representative data on explicit prejudice and discrimination against women, Dalits, and Muslims. We also measure public attitudesRead More..


Experiences and Perceptions of Discrimination among Dalits and Muslims

By Payal Hathi, on June 14th, 2020

Through the use of new survey data, the experiences and perceptions of discrimination among Dalits and Muslims have been quantified. One important result is that many respondents report experiencing discrimination at school and in interactions with government officials. These resultsRead More..


When women eat last: Discrimination at home and women’s mental health

By Payal Hathi, on June 5th, 2020

Women and girls in India face many forms of discrimination throughout the life course.  Gender inequality has important consequences for women themselves, and also for their families and communities. The 2011 India Human Development Survey found that in about aRead More..


Caste prejudice and infection: why a dangerous lack of hygiene persists in government hospitals

By Payal Hathi, on May 29th, 2020

In light of India’s continuing efforts to reduce maternal mortality and make childbirth safer for women, this article explores why government hospitals continue to be dangerously unhygienic, posing serious risk of infection to patients in maternity wards and labor rooms. Read More..

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