E-mail: ip2228@columbia.edu

Ipshita Pal is a doctoral student at CUSSW in the Social Policy and Policy Analysis track. Her research interests lie in work-family policy, working parents, and family well-being. She is also interested in women’s position in the labor market and has assisted Professor Jane Waldfogel in researching the motherhood wage penalty in the US.

She has previously conducted needs assessments and project evaluation in both urban and rural communities in India, for the Center for Community Action and Development, Department of Social Work in Delhi, and for Action Aid India, in the Juang tribal villages of Orissa. She has experience in school social work and medical social work. She also helped found a non-profit in New Delhi for human rights based advocacy work and was involved in anti-trafficking initiatives including policy advocacy for children trafficked for commercial sex work. She also worked towards large scale volunteer mobilization for education initiatives targeted at children living on the streets and urban slums of Delhi.

Ipshita holds an MSc. in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford, UK, an MSW from the University of Delhi, India, and a BA (honors) in Economics from the University of Delhi, India.