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Pallavi Raonka

Pallavi Raonka is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech.  Her research interests include resource extraction, land-grabbing, indigenous communities, peasant livelihoods, development and social movements in India.  Her dissertation analyzes the forms of resistance Adivasis have employed in response to corporate land grabs.  Before joining Virginia Tech, she earned her master’s degree in rural development at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, India. She has also previously been engaged in advocacy work on issues related to food security with several subaltern grassroots groups in India.