Indian-origin researcher gets prestigious award

Leila Gautham, a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was awarded the 2020 Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award. Photo:Courtesy – International Center for Research on Women

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced Dec. 10, 2020, that it has selected Leila Gautham to receive its  2020 Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award.

Gautham is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

In its fourth year administering the award, ICRW said it was proud to honor a researcher who is focusing her research on the intersections of gender, care and development, according to a press release by the organization.

Gautham works on issues of unpaid care, gender pay gaps and household bargaining power in India. She is also interested in the devaluation of paid care and wage inequality in the United States.

Gautham was previously at the Center for Economic Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

The Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award is named after the founder of Re:Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women), a U.S.-based gender research institution that merged with ICRW in 2016.

Through the award, Chamberlain’s work fostering high-level scholarship and promoting mentorship continues through its support of a first-generation doctoral student, including immigrant students, conducting research to advance gender equality and social inclusion, the press release said.




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