Evans School Ph.D. student Vedavati Patwardhan has been selected as the Evans School Diversity Alliance Student Fellow for 2020, the fellowship’s inaugural year. Through this one-year term appointment, Veda will have access to internal and external mentorship and will participate in the April 2020 meeting of all Alliance Fellows at American University.

Vedavati Patwardhan started the Evans School Ph.D. program in Public Policy and Management in 2016. Previously, she spent four years as a project manager for German language scientific publications at Springer Nature . Vedavati earned a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fergusson College, University of Pune, India. She is a trainee in the Graduate Certificate in Demographic Methods Program and received a certificate from the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research at Syracuse University (Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs) in 2019. Vedavati’s doctoral work focuses on the intersection of gender, food security and agriculture in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.  

In 2019, the Evans School became one of six founding members of the Public Affairs Diversity Alliance, an effort to unite the top public affairs and policy schools across the country that share a commitment to encouraging, training, mentoring, and promoting diverse scholars of public affairs and policy. The Alliance, the first of its kind in public affairs, seeks to encourage and sustain a pipeline of candidates for faculty positions in criminal justice, policy, and public administration. 

The Evans School is proud to support Vedavati’s contributions to the field of public policy and governance and her development as a scholar of public affairs.