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Paromita Sen '12

Student of Political Studies

1) What are you doing now?

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Virginia's Politics Department. I study Violence Against Women, Protest movements, women as leaders, amongst other topics. I am currently preparing to leave for fieldwork for my dissertation in India and Turkey.

2) What sorts of ethical dilemmas have you encountered, or sought to resolve, in your career or studies?

As a researcher focusing on gender and feminist issues, I have to strive to provide my students with spaces where they can debate and investigate the trickier issues of the day. Prindle and the occasions to interact with scholars as imminent as Dr. Steele et al has provided me with a model for such conversations. The Rolling Stone controversy that shook my campus last year left me with a polarized campus, a student body that was having to grapple with the public spotlight that maligned and distorted their undergraduate experience. Ensuring their emotional well-being, providing them with a safe space to vent and realize their anger had to be juxtaposed with my own activist and political commitment as a member of the community involved in capitalizing on this very upheaval to re-write the Sexual Assault policies on campus. My roles as teacher and employee came into direct conflict with my role as researcher and activist and working through this dilemma is something I still grapple with.

3) Did your experience as a Prindle Intern influence your career choice, graduate studies, travels, etc.?

Prindle allowed me the opportunity to really engage in figuring out what my interests were. Additionally, the event planning experience I received at Prindle has helped me get some very prestigious research positions and networking skills in my graduate career.


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