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Kathryn Merckel

Katy is a second year Ph.D. student in the field of International Nutrition. She is interested in studying maternal and child nutrition in India, particularly the ways in which education and empowerment influence the consumption patterns of mothers and their families. Katy has been involved with TCI in several capacities over the past two years, first as a summer intern, and then as a Research Support Specialist. She holds a Master’s in International Development from Cornell, during which she studied patterns of intra-household food allocation in Maharashtra and Telangana. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She has studied Swahili as a Boren Scholar in Tanzania, and most recently was awarded a FLAS Fellowship from the US Department of Education to study Hindi.