NI #5: Opening Pandora’s box with Malini Ranganathan

In this episode, Hita, Maria and Dane were joined by Malini Ranganathan, the Faculty Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center and an Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University. We talked about her journey towards interdisciplinary research, and then discussed how aspects of positionality–like gender and race–influences interdisciplinary research. We ended by hearing about her epic fails.

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