My placement at the technology startup SocialCops has given me exciting insights into the ways that organizations are using data to inform better decision-making. As part of the Data Team,
Home Town: Berea, Kentucky
Education: B.A. International Development Studies, Grinnell College
Specific Field Interests: Informal Economy, Political Economy of Developing Countries, Research in Development, Intersection of Private and Development Sector, Corporate Social Responsibility
Placement: Social Cops, New Delhi
Area of Focus: Education
Highlights: Through transformative international immersion experiences in Ghana and India, Lilianna became enthusiastic about the role of research to inform social initiatives in the developing world. In the summer of 2013 she interned with the anti-child trafficking organization Challenging Heights in Winneba, Ghana and spent the following year pursuing academic coursework and Hindi language instruction in India. She took courses on Indian Political Economy and Hindi in Pune, Maharashtra, interned with the education organization Akanksha Foundation, and lived with a host family. While interning with Akanksha Foundation, Lilianna conducted a policy review of her school's educational methodology through stakeholder interviews and classroom observation. Before returning to the United States to complete her bachelor's degree, she interned in Mumbai, Maharashtra with the corporation Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services, Ltd. where she was a member of the Social Inclusion Group, a corporate social responsibility team. Lilianna de- veloped multiple intervention plans for the corporation, the most notable of which included a campaign to assist laborers in the trucking industry. Upon returning from India, Lilianna further explored her interests in corporate social responsibility and the informal economy through independent studies at Grinnell College, utilizing Geographic Information Systems to visually illustrate her analysis of informal labor activity. Her research was selected for presentation at the Central States Anthropology Society Conference and the Grinnell College Student Research Symposium in the spring of 2015.