What drew you to your field?
I have always been fascinated by how far reaching and influential the processes of globalization are in everyday life—from my parents’ move to Singapore from India; to the food, music, clothing, and information I grew up consuming; to my own movement. It is amazing how small yet expansive the globe really is.
How would you explain your current research to someone outside of your field?
My research explores how and why people move transnationally, and how that in turn affects everything from lifestyles to the rise of economies.
What is your favorite thing about being a student at Columbia GSAS?
The people and the discussions. It is so exciting to leave classes feeling utterly mind-blown.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Probably moving to Tokyo at 19. I had not been there before, did not know anyone there, and did not speak the language.