Ms. Tangiah Royster
Specialization: Education
Home institution in US: Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia
Host Institution in India: Navyug School Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi
Start date/Month in India: 26 June 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Tangiah S. Royster is a 2012 graduate of Spelman College with a B.A. in psychology and pre-law. Her professional experience includes working as a legal intern at the Human Rights Advocacy Centre in Accra, Ghana, the Legal Aid Society in Queens, New York, and the Civil Court of New York City in Queens County. She has participated in numerous community service projects with organizations, such as Disaster Volunteers of Ghana, and served as a tutor and mentor with the following organizations: Girls Leadership Institute, Benjamin E. Mays High School, Eden’s Village Women and Children Shelter, City of Refuge Freedom Center Orphanage, Girls Action Network Incorporated and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. Her interests include dance, community service, writing, art, culture and working to combat human trafficking and homelessness.

Ms. Royster’s Fulbright project, “The Impact of Bollywood Culture on Globalization and the Indian Diaspora,” will examine how globalization has affected the development of Bollywood culture beyond Indian borders and how Bollywood dance, in particular, influences the construction of an imagined community and global Indian identity.