Ms. Patricia Vanderbilt
Specialization: Education
Home institution in US: Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
Host Institution in India: Kendriya Vidyalaya Gole Market, New Delhi  
Start date/Month in India: 26 June 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Patricia Vanderbilt is a 2012 graduate of Whitman College, Washington, with a B.A. in English. She studied abroad in Jaipur, India in fall 2010 and returned to Jaipur to study Hindi intensively with the Critical Language Scholarship Program in the summer of 2011. While in India, Ms. Vanderbilt worked with several NGOs to research strategies of combatting female feticide and published a research paper on this topic. In college she served as editor-in-chief of Whitman’s award-winning student run newspaper, The Pioneer. In addition to her journalistic experience, Patricia has worked in web and graphic design and authored several short stories. She loves learning new languages and living vicariously through Bollywood movies.

Ms. Vanderbilt’s Fulbright project, “Combatting Female Feticide in North India,” will build on the current research indicating that skewed sex ratios continue to persist throughout India as parents choose to perform sex-selective abortions on female fetuses and that higher levels of education and economic status correspond to higher instances of female feticide. Her research will focus on strategies of social change that organizations in India are using to switch the societal mindset in India regarding the value of the girl child.