This research involves non-government organizations focused on Dalits (formerly called ‘Untouchables’) in India. Numerous international NGOs, such as Amnesty International, the Dalit Support Program of the World Council of Churches, Human Rights Watch or the International Dalit Solidarity Network have analyzed obstacles to Dalits’ economic, political and social advancement. Their efforts have been complemented by domestic NGOs active inside India, such as the PUCL (People’s Union for Civil Liberties), the Dalit Foundation or the Hope Foundation. The United Nations is also involved, via its Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and other entities. The successful candidate for this research position will work closely with the supervisor, seeing him on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, and carry out the following research tasks: • Identify significant Indian NGOs focused on Dalit issues • Summarize their major objectives • Discover and summarize their specific contributions to the economic, political and social advancement of Dalits The results of this research will be incorporated into a professional journal article and subsequent book chapter. High-quality contributions by the recipient of this grant will be credited with co-authorship.
Disciplines: political science, sociology, social work, history
Student Skill-Set Needed: junior standing, some prior knowledge of India needed, fluency in Hindi or another Indian language ideal
Compensation: Academic Credit
For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:
Faculty Member: Claude Welch
Department: Political Science
Office: 520 Park Hall