Ipshita Pal is a doctoral candidate at CSSW studying Social Policy and Policy Analysis. Her research interests include work-family policy, working parents, family well-being, and the position of women in the labor market. She assisted Professor Jane Waldfogel’s research on the motherhood wage penalty in the US.

In India, Ms. Pal has conducted needs assessment and project evaluation in urban and rural communities for the Center for Community Action and Development; the 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, and helped found a non-profit in New Delhi for human rights-based advocacy work. Her involvement in anti-trafficking initiatives includes policy advocacy for children who have been trafficked for commercial sex work. She also worked towards large scale volunteer mobilization for education initiatives designed to serve children living on the streets and urban slums of Delhi.

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