Vanisha is a first year Ph.D. student in Applied Economics, with a concentration in food and agriculture. Her research interests lie in the intersection of malnutrition and women’s empowerment in rural India. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Vanisha completed her Masters in Public Administration (with a focus in International Development), also from Cornell. During her Master’s degree, Vanisha was a Graduate Research Assistant at Tata-Cornell, where she was responsible for cleaning and observing data across approximately four thousand households in rural India, and creating District Factsheets for Technical Assistance for Research for Indian Nutrition and Agriculture (TARINA), one of the ongoing projects of the institute. Vanisha also holds an undergraduate degree in Economics, from the University of Hong Kong, with a double minor in Psychology and Sociology.