PhD Candidate, History
Jiya is a first-year PhD student in the Department of History at Princeton. She studies post-colonial South Asian history, with a focus on interpretations and experiences of sexual violence law in post-independence India. She is interested in examining the various stakeholders that contribute to meaning-making in questions of law and gender over time, using feminist theory and oral history as key tools, in an effort to name and recognize the webs of power and marginalization that have been built into contemporary nations and societies.
Jiya graduated in 2017 from Middlebury College summa cum laude, where she double-majored in History and Political Science. Her senior work examined the development and discussions of Middlebury's first sexual harassment policy in 1984, tracing its legal, activist, and communal roots through readings of local archives and oral histories with faculty, staff, and students from that time. At Middlebury, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society, awarded the Marci J. Stewart '72 Memorial Award by the Department of History for outstanding personal and academic qualities, and given the Barbara J. Buchanan '62 Memorial Prize by the Dean of the College for excellence in academics and ideals of service. Prior to Princeton, Jiya developed curricula and researched pedagogy on leadership and social impact and mentored college students on designing, writing, and implementing related projects