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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..



Assessing public awareness and use of medical abortion via mobile phone survey in India

By Payal Hathi, on November 12th, 2019

Objective: We assess the feasibility of measuring awareness and use of medical abortion via a mobile phone survey on social attitudes in India. Study design: In 2018, we conducted a mobile phone survey with 3455 married men and women inRead More..


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

By Payal Hathi, on July 10th, 2019

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..


Experiences and Perceptions of Discrimination among Dalits and Muslims

By Payal Hathi, on October 25th, 2018

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..


Can more education reduce opposition to intermarriage? Comparing India and the US

By Payal Hathi, on August 2nd, 2018

Intermarriage between races or castes is often used as a measure of average, population-level social tolerance.  It is commonly assumed that increases in education will make a society more tolerant.  General Social Survey (GSS) data between 1990 and 2016 showRead More..