Is India Becoming a Closed Society?

Friday, February 21, 2020 3:10 PM

USFSP Student Center
USFSP University Student Center
200 6th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

David Hunter
David W. Hunter is a retired U.S. Diplomat, who served in South Korea (1992-96), India (1996-99), Ukraine (1999-2000), Pakistan (2001-02) and Spain (2003-04). Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service as a career Foreign Service Officer, Hunter worked in the Office of International Operations, at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 1983 he was a Visiting Fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. He published a book in 1991 "Western Trade Pressure on the Soviet Union" (MacMillan Academic Press: London, England). Hunter holds an M.Phil degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE), and speaks Russian, Spanish and some Korean.
Madhu Pandey
Madhu is a Chemistry Instructor and Organic Chemistry Lab coordinator at University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She started working at USF St. Petersburg in 2010. Since then she taught variety of courses in chemistry and developed few courses in chemistry. She conducted Study Abroad India Program on Sustainable development and energy Harvesting from Ambient Sources. Madhu received USF Mobility Award in 2016. She received VIVA Teaching Award for working with students with Disability.She established MOU between USF and Indian School of Mines in 2017, with a view to increasing ties and exchanges between the two institutions. Her recent research work DICHALCOGENIDE TITANIUM OXIDE NANOMATERIALS FOR DISINFECTION received PATENT approval in 2019 and adopted by few countries for water filtration.
Brian Turnbull
Brian Turnbull, PhD is a Visiting Instructor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in comparative politics and American government. His research agenda focuses on the use of gender quotas to improve representational equality in the global South. His current book manuscript, “Women Who Only Serve Chai: Gender Reservations and Autonomy in India”, is based on qualitative interviews with city councilors in Jaipur, India and explores the challenges to building representation through gender quotas for women within a patriarchal society. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Kansas. Prior, he received his MA in security studies from Georgetown University.